Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð)

Certificate 12A

(2018) 101 mins

Director: Benedikt Erlingsson
Writer: Benedikt Erlingsson, Ólafur Egilsson
Cinematography: Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson
Art Direction: Snorri Freyr Hilmarsson, Lucia Malyshko, Anna Maria Tomasdottir
Music: Davíð Þór Jónsson


Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir) is a middle-aged eco-warrior.  Known by her nickname “Mountain Woman”, she graduates from trivial vandalism to outright industrial sabotage, disrupting the negotiations between the Icelandic government and a multinational company looking to build a new aluminium foundry in her beloved highlands.  But just as she is embarking on her biggest and boldest operation, she learns that her request to adopt a child has finally been authorised, and a little girl is waiting for her in the Ukraine.  Can Halla continue to wage environmental war while taking on the mantle of loving mother? Or will the authorities catch up with her clandestine activities before she gets to fulfil her dreams?

In Icelandic with subtitles

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Showings of this film are part of our Cinematheque season which is supported by the British Film Institute.



“Aspirational, feel-good but never shallow, Erlingsson’s film melds together smarts and wry humor just as neatly as it does various musical genres. The delightful combination of these elements inform and deepen Halla’s journey as a single woman, friendly neighbor and concerned citizen looking for a place in a deteriorating world she desperately tries to better. Erlingsson finds a lot of joy in her rousing, perilous disobedience. And frankly, his enthusiasm for Halla proves to be infectious.”  rogerebert.com

“This is not only winningly played by the exceptional Geirhardsdottir, but it’s also impeccably directed, as Erlingsson uses Bergsteinn Bjorgulfsson’s discreet camera to capture Iceland’s rugged beauty and frame precise visual gags involving musicians, singers and television sets.”  Radio Times

This is joyful, beautiful, up-lifting – and bleak too, a clarion call to direct climate action at the personal and the political levels. There’s a power to it that by the end will wash you away, a swell, a surge of emotion.”  Eye for Film

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