Film Club ”Woman At War” 27th Nov 9pm
November 27 @ 8:00 pm| €7
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Director: Benedikt Erlingsson
Cast: Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson, Roman Estrada, Jörundur Ragnarsson
101 minutes, Iceland, France, Ukraine, 2018, 12A
Short synopsis (less than 60 words)
Halla is a music teacher who leads a quiet, routine life. She is also a covert environmentalist who disrupts the operations of an aluminium plant in the Icelandic highlands by committing acts of industrial sabotage.
When she receives an update on a long forgotten adoption application, she must choose between her activism and her dream of becoming a mother…
Short synopsis (less than 120 words)
Meet Halla, a music teacher in her forties. She is a happy, upbeat woman who leads a quiet and routine life. But unbeknownst to most she is also ‘The Mountain Woman’: a lone wolf environmental activist who disrupts the operations of an aluminium plant in the Icelandic highlands, by cutting power supply and damaging pylons in acts of industrial sabotage.
As the authorities intensify their campaign to catch her she receives an update on a long forgotten adoption application- she has been matched with a four-year-old girl in the Ukraine. Can she reconcile this with her crusade to protect her homeland from big industry or will her efforts destroy her chances of finally becoming a mother?
A funny, moving and utterly unique film.
Cannes Film Festival 2018
Toronto International Film Festival 2018
BFI London Film Festival 2018
Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2019
Winner – Best Screenplay, Critics’ Week, Cannes Film Festival 2018
Winner – LUX Film Prize 2018
★★★★ “Woman at War is a huge showcase for Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, who brings grit, determination, and quiet charisma to every scene. An engaging curiosity and an absolute joy.” – Tara Brady, The Irish Times.
★★★★ “a subversive romp that splendidly overturns action-movie cliches… presenting its life-or-death struggles in thrillingly offbeat fashion. – Mark Kermode, The Observer.
“Carried by a magnetic performance from Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir in a dual role (she plays both Halla and her identical twin sister Asa), Benedikt Erlingsson’s enjoyable follow up to Of Horses And Men is elevated by wryly idiosyncratic flourishes in its execution.
” – Wendy ide, Screendaily
“Offbeat, poignant and visually exquisite. “- Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter