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Woman at War

Woman at War

As a follow-up to his 2013 film Of Horses and Men, director Benedikt Erlingsson delivers the Cannes ’18 selection Woman at War, a timely film that speaks to social issues with wit and warmth.

Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir) is a middle-aged choir director in a small town, popular amongst her neighbors and respected in the community. Unbeknownst to her fellow citizens, she is also an environmentalist vigilante who destroys power lines in an effort to preserve the beautiful local countryside. Deep in the trenches of her anonymous battle against industrialist destruction, Halla depends on the few solitary sources of support in her life: her identical twin sister (also played by Geirharðsdóttir), a co-conspirator (Jorundur Ragnarsson) who keeps her updated on the movements of the government, and a mysterious local farmer (Jóhann Sigurðarson). Just as Halla begins to ramp up her anti-industrial campaign efforts, she receives entirely unexpected news: an application she made years ago to adopt a child from Ukraine has finally been approved, and she’s about to become a mother.

 

Critical Notes

"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

 

Film Information

Director: Benedikt Erlingsson
Cast:: Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, David Thor Jonsson, Magnus Trygvason Eliasen 
Year: 2018
Runtime: 101 minute 
Country: Iceland, France, Ukraine
Language: Icelandic
Distributor: Mongrel Media
Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR

 

Screenings

DateCircuit CentreLocation
March 31, 2020Markham at the Movies
Markham Museum
Markham, ON

* Represents an approximate date. Please consult local listings.