2018 (Iceland | France | Ukraine) (Adventure, Comedy, Drama)
( Icelandic with English subtitles )
Starring: Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson, Juan Camillo, Roman Estrada
Director: Benedikt Erlingsson
Winning over 25 awards, Woman at War is a jet-black comedy about a woman fighting to save the planet and adopt a child at the same time. Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir) is an eco-warrior battling big industries under her “Mountain Woman” alias. She fires an arrow over a power line, causing electricity cuts and short-circuiting government plans to build a new aluminium smelter. When not secretly holding heartless industrialists to ransom, Halla leads a local choir, producing harmonious songs that offer a choral counterpoint to the increasingly discordant strains of modern life. But along with saving mother Earth, Halla is also in the process of attempting to adopt a child, a lengthy procedure brought to an unexpected head when a Ukrainian orphan finds herself in dire need of a home. Can Halla continue to wage environmental war while taking on the mantle of loving mother? Or will the authorities catch up with her clandestine activities before she gets to fulfil her dreams?
Treating its timely themes with a deceptively light touch, Woman at War is easy to enjoy in the moment, yet its impact lingers long after the closing credits roll.