Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð)
Directed by Benedikt Erlingsson
Iceland, France, Ukraine, 2018
DCP, colour, 101'
Screenplay: Ólafur Egilsson, Benedikt Erlingsson
Cinematography: Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson
Music: Davíð Þór Jónsson
Editing: David Alexander Corno
Cast: Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir (Halla, Ása), Jóhann Sigurðarson (Sveinbjörn), Juan Camillo Roman Estrada (Juan Camillo), Jörundur Ragnarsson (Baldvin), Solveig Arnaldsdottir, Helga Braga Jónsdóttir (prison guard), Charlotte Bøving (woman at adoption agency), Iryna Danyleiko (Ukrainian choir singer)
Festivals, awards (selection): Cannes 2018 – Critics' Week, Sydney 2018
An inspiring story about a zealous environmentalist fighting for Icelandic wilderness preservation.
Halla is an independent fifty-year-old woman. But behind the scenes of a quiet routine, she leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist. She secretly wages a one-woman war on the local aluminium industry. As her actions grow bolder, she succeeds in pausing the negotiations between the Icelandic government and the corporation building a new aluminium smelter. But as she begins planning her boldest operation yet, she receives a 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 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.
"This movie is meant to be a heroic tale set in our world of imminent threat. A heroic tale told as an adventure. A serious fairy tale told with a smile. Our hero serves in this world as a kind of Artemis, the protector of the untouched and wild. Alone, facing a quickly changing planet, she assumes the role of saving mother earth and its future generations." (Benedikt Erlingsson)