Woman at War
Woman at War

Woman at War

classified 12A S


Please note: This was screened in May 2019

Benedikt Erlingsson
Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson, Juan Camillo Roman Estrada
100 mins, Subtitled, 2018, Iceland | France | Ukraine
Primary language:
Icelandic | Spanish | English | Ukrainian

Benedikt Erlingsson follows up his 2013 hit Of Horses and Men with this warm-hearted and utterly unique look at an Icelandic eco-warrior juggling environmental action and foster motherhood.

Halla (the formidable Halldóra Geirharõsdóttir) leads a quiet, routine existence. But her upbeat exterior hides a secret double life as a committed environmental activist, waging a one-woman-war on the local aluminium industry to protect the stunning highland landscape that is under threat. As she takes down drones, explodes pylons, and fires crossbows, she receives unexpected news - her dreams of becoming a mother may be fulfilled sooner than she thinks. What will come first - her eco crusade, or the future of a daughter she has yet to meet?

Soundtracked by a great Icelandic oompah band and a Ukrainian vocal trio (played quirkily by musicians on screen), Woman at War is a real treat: playful, touching, and funny. We think its mix of gentle satire, environmental activism and off-the-wall humour will really resonate with Bristol audiences - enjoy.

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