Woman at War

"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. " - Indiewire

Back by popular demand! “The droll absurdity of Nordic cinema acquires an eco-terrorism edge in Woman at War, a movie filled with dualities and one singular performance.

“This second dramatic feature by Iceland’s Benedikt Erlingsson (Of Horses and Men) opens with a brazen act both comic and not: an eco-activist named Halla (Halldora Geirharosdottir) uses a bow and arrow to bring down a major power line on a hill outside Reykjavik. Geirharosdottir also plays her character’s twin, Asa.

“Halla, 50, aims to stop construction of an aluminum smelter she fears will destroy the natural beauty of her rural space, gloriously rendered by cinematographer Bergsteinn Bjorgulfsson. The low-tech vandalism gets high-tech results — lights blink off and the smelter is forced to switch to oil-fired auxiliary power, and it’s soon clear this isn’t a one-off protest.

“Geirharosdottir never slips. She’s in command of both of her characters, mostly impressively so in skilfully filmed and edited scenes where she has to play both Halla and Asa at the same time.” - The Toronto Star


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