WOMAN AT WAR is both a surreal dark comedy and an uplifting film about urgent environmental activism bound to appeal to fans of Aki Kaurismäki and Ruben Östlund (FORCE MAJEURE). The fact that the tuba-heavy score to the film is provided entirely by onscreen musicians – who are invisible and inaudible to the film’s characters – should give you a hint that this is not your typical Icelandic eco-terrorism saga. – (AFS Lead Programmer Lars Nilsen)
Known to others only by her alias “The Woman of the Mountain,” 50-year old Halla (Halldóra Geirharosdóttir) secretly wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminum 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 aluminum smelter.
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 savior of the Highlands to fulfill her dream of becoming a mother, she decides to plot one final attack to deal heavy industry a crippling blow.
“The droll absurdity of Nordic cinema acquires an eco-terrorism edge in WOMAN AT WAR, a movie filled with dualities and one singular performance.” – Peter Howell, Toronto Star
“Approaching weighty themes with a very light touch, Benedikt Erlingsson’s WOMAN AT WAR is an environmental drama wrapped in whimsical comedy and tied with a bow of midlife soul-searching.” – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times (Critics’ Pick)
“An artful fable that examines what it really means to save the world, Benedikt Erlingsson’s WOMAN AT WAR is the rarest of things: A crowd-pleaser about climate change.” – David Ehrlich, IndieWire