A delightful follow-up to Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson’s popular festival hit “Of Horses and Men”, Woman at War tells the heat-warming tale of a formidable eco-warrior named Halla.
Halla is a fifty-year-old independent 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 aluminium industry.
As Halla’s 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 aluminium smelter.
But right as she begins planning her biggest 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 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.
Director Benedikt Erlingsson
Writers Ólafur Egilsson, Benedikt Erlingsson
Starring Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson, Juan Camillo Roman Estrada
Awards & Nominations
Nominee – Cannes Film Festival 2018 Critics Grand Prize
Nominee – Canes Film Festival 2018 Carmel Awards
Winner – Hamburg Film Festival 2018 Best Film
Winner – Montreal Festival of New Cinema – Best Actress – Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir