Tuesday 14 January 2020 8pm
Dir: Benedikt Erlingsson Iceland, France, Ukraine 2018
Language: Icelandic with subtitles
Running time: 101 minutes Cert: 12a
Starring: Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson, Roman Estrada, Jörundur Ragnarsson
Supported By: Dean Crowe Theatre and Arts Centre
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