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Woman at War Dir. Benedikt Erlingsson

  • Iceland | Ukraine
  • 101 mins
  • 2018
  • Comedy | Drama
  • Colour
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Main Cast: Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson

Entered as Best Foreign Film, 2019 Academy Awards

Halla, a woman in her forties, declares war on the local aluminum industry to prevent it from disfiguring her country. 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 in the mountains. 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 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. Funny, topical and moving, this was one of the most talked about foreign films of 2019.