Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð)

Dir: Benedikt Erlingsson (2018)

WINNER: SADC AWARD, CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2018

WINNER: BEST FILM, ART CINEMA AWARD, HAMBURG FILM FESTIVAL 2018

WINNER: BEST FILM, NORDIC COUNCIL'S FILM AWARD 2018

WINNER: BEST FILM, EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LUX AWARD 2018

WINNER: BEST FILM, BEST DRAMATIC FEATURE, BYRON BAY FILM FESTIVAL 2018

WINNER: BEST ACTRESS, MONTREAL FESTIVAL OF NEW CINEMA 2018

WINNER: BEST ACTRESS, VALLADOLID INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018 

OFFICIAL SELECTION: CRITICS' WEEK, CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2018


Halla is a fifty-year-old independent Icelandic woman, a respected choir leader who lives a mysterious double life.

Known to the public only by her alias “The Mountain Woman,” Halla is a passionate environmental activist, secretly waging a one-woman-war on the local aluminium industry and risking everything to conserve the pristine Icelandic highlands she loves.

But as her actions grow bolder and her legend grows, an unexpected letter changes everything – her application to adopt a child has finally been accepted and there is a little girl waiting for her in Ukraine.

Before she can fulfil her dream of becoming a mother, Halla plots an attack to deal the mining companies one final crippling blow.

Woman at War, the charming and topical new film from Benedikt Erlingsson (Of Horses and Men), is a quirky, heroic tale set in our world of imminent threat – the tale of an unlikely David taking on the Goliath of industry, one electricity pylon at a time.

Director: Benedikt Erlingsson

Year: 2018

Language: Icelandic

Run Time: 100 min

Rating: M (Nudity)

"✭✭ A lively, funny eco-warrior drama. 
Combines hilarious scenes with a well-structured narrative and a convincing female heroine."
- Filmuforia

"Gloriously Icelandic.
An intelligent feel-good film that tackles urgent global issues with humour and a sense of justice.
A satisfying stand by one woman against the powerful forces of industry.
Delightful."
- Variety

"Offbeat, poignant and visually exquisite.
A modern-day fable about a female David taking on the Goliath of her country's government and industry."
- The Hollywood Reporter

"Winningly mixes absurdist comedy and tense thriller with a crafty plot and heartfelt and believable stakes."
- British Film Institute

"Bold and pleasingly quirky."
- Screen Daily

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