Woman at War – Icelandic feature film
Woman at War. After his first feature film Of Horses and Men, Icelandic filmmaker Benedikt Erlingsson brings to the theatres a humorous environmental thriller with an artemid environmental warrior as the title heroine. In Woman at War Halla declares war on the aluminium industry. She is prepared to risk everything to protect the pristine Icelandic highlands.
Behind the scenes of the quiet routine of a choir director, Halla lives a second life as a passionate environmental activist – known throughout the whole country only under her pseudonym “The Woman of the Mountain”, she secretly leads a one-woman war against the local aluminium industry. As her campaigns become clear, ranging from minor vandalism to sabotage, she manages to stop plans to build a new aluminum smelter. She disrupts the ongiong negotiations between the Icelandic government and the industrial company. As she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation, she receives an unexpected letter. The letter changes everything. Her application for adoption of a child was finally accepted. In Ukraine, a little girl is waiting for Halla. As she mentally prepares to give up her saboteur role. She stops being a savior of the Icelandic highlands to fulfill her dream of being a mother. But Halla decides to plan a final attack which should paralize the aluminum industry.
Benedikt Erlingsson became internationally reknown as author and director of the award-winning episode film Of Horses an Men. The story of his second feature film is told in a classic structure with bizarre and surprising elements. If the supporting roles would not be covered with strong actors, Woman at War could easily be described as a one-woman show made shine brightly by the brilliant Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir in the leading role.
The director wanted to tell a heroic story that looks like a thrilling 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.”
“To me it seems evident that Nature’s rights should be strongly protected in all constitutions and defended by local and international laws. We need to collectively realize that untouched nature has an intrinsic right and necessity to exist, regardless of our human needs or our economic system”, explains Benedikt Erlingsson.
The audience at the Semaine de la Critique Cannes 2018 Film Festival was thrilled by the Icelandic feature film. It won the Art Cinema Award at the Hamburg 2018 Film Festival. At the Nordic Film Days in Lübeck, Woman at War won 4 prizes.
In German theatres: 13. December 2018
DVD Release: 12. April 2019