Woman at War

FIPRESCI Prize ~ Best Foreign Language Film
Palm Springs International Film Festival
Grand Prize Critics Week ~ Fipresci Award
Cannes Film Festival
A wry, idiosyncratic comedy that communicates important topical messages while never being less than a joy to watch.


Woman at War

Halla is an independent 50-year old 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 aluminum industry. As her 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 aluminum 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 savior of the Highlands to fulfill her dream of becoming a mother, she decides to plot one final attack to deal the aluminum industry a crippling blow.

Not Rated
Action, Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Women and Film, Environment
Icelandic, Spanish, English, Ukrainian
Benedikt Erlingsson
Halldora Geirhardsdottir, Davíd Thór Jónsson, Jóhann Sigurðarson
Nominee, FIPRESCI Prize ~ Best Foreign Language Film, Palm Springs International Film Festival
Nominee, Grand Prize Critics Week ~ Fipresci Award, Cannes Film Festival
Jay Weissberg, Variety

Is there anything rarer than an intelligent feel-good film that knows how to tackle urgent global issues with humor as well as a satisfying sense of justice? Look no further than “Woman at War,” Benedikt Erlingsson’s gloriously Icelandic (for lack of a better adjective), near-perfect follow-up to ...

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