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. But behind the scenes of a quiet routine, she leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist.

Known to others only by her alias “The Woman of the Mountain,” Halla secretly wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminium industry. As Halla’s actions grow bolder, from petty vandalism to outright industrial sabotage, she succeeds in pausing the negotiations between the Icelandic government and the corporation building a new aluminium smelter.

But right as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that changes everything. Her application to adopt a child has finally been accepted and there is a little girl waiting for her in Ukraine.

As Halla prepares to abandon her role as saboteur and saviour of the Highlands to fulfil her dream of becoming a mother, she decides to plot one final attack to deal the aluminium industry a crippling blow.

Woman at War, the newest offering from Icelandic auteur Benedikt Erlingsson (Of Horses and Men), is a quirky, heroic tale set in our world of imminent threat. A serious fairy tale told with a smile.

IN CINEMAS NATIONALLY FROM APRIL 4th 2019

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FESTIVALS:

PERTH FESTIVAL LOTTERYWEST FILMS

UWA Somerville - Mon 17th-Sun 23rd Dec, 8:00pm daily

ECU Joondalup Pines - Wed 26th-Sun 30th Dec, 8:00pm daily

SCREENWAVE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Jetty Memorial Theatre Coffs Harbour - Thurs 17 Jan, 3:15pm

Bellingen Memorial Hall - Sun 20 Jan, 5:30pm

BUNBURY REGIONAL ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE SUMMER FILM FESTIVAL

Fri 11 Jan, 8:00pm

Thurs 24 Jan, 2:00pm

Fri 1 Feb, 5:30pm

Sat 9 Feb, 5:30pm

Director: Benedikt Erlingsson

Year: 2018

Language: Icelandic

Run Time: 100 min

Rating: TBC

"✭✭ 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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