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Woman at War


In this quirky, passionate and gloriously funny comedy/drama from Iceland, a woman with a mission to save the planet gets in over her head when she takes on big industry and the unscrupulous politicians out to ruin her beloved natural landscape.

“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?” – Jay Weissberg, Variety

Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir) is a fifty-year-old independent woman with a quiet routine as a popular choir director in a small country town. But she leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist, engaged in secret warfare against the giant power company that is (in her opinion) desecrating the countryside and hastening global warming. She is ingenious and energetic in her attacks, using a bow and arrow to bring down towering electric pylons, evading a huge manhunt by the police and having a national impact. As she embarks on her boldest sabotage plan yet, the stakes are raised when she finds out that she is on the verge of realizing a long-cherished dream to adopt a child – a dilemma which could drastically change Halla’s plans for social revolution. Geirharðsdóttir gives a magnetic central performance, and Icelandic director/co-writer Benedikt Erlingsson (Of Horses and Men) creates a rousing story filled with humor and empathy, punctuating the action with quirky musical accompaniment by an accordion-tuba trio with Ukrainian folk singers. (Dir. by Benedikt Erlingsson, 2018, Iceland/France/Ukraine, in Icelandic/Spanish/English/Ukrainian with English subtitles, 101 mins., Not Rated)

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