Complete with a Greek chorus of sorts, Icelandic filmmaker Benedikt Erlingsson’s supremely quirky follow-up to the acclaimed Of Horses and Men (DFF37) centers on an eco-saboteur whose mission to thwart the building of a new metal refinery is vexed by another quest: to become a mother.
A respectable choirmaster by day, 50-year-old Halla lives a double life as an environmental terrorist. Known by her alias “The Woman of the Mountain,” she is secretly waging her very own war on the local aluminum industry—and her sabotage seems to be working.
But just as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives a letter that changes everything: Her application to adopt a child has finally been accepted, and a little girl is waiting for her in the Ukraine. Does she dare carry out one last mission to save her community, at risk of destroying the family she’s wanted for so long?
Erlingsson calls Woman at War “a serious fairy tale told with a smile.” You could as easily call it a sharp political satire with a tender heart.
Producer: Marianne Slot, Benedikt Erlingsson, Carine Leblanc | Editor: David Alexander Corno | Cinematographer: Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson | Screenwriter: Benedikt Erlingsson, Ólafur Egilsson
Cast: Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson, Juan Camillo Roman Estrada, Jörundur Ragnarsson
Additional Countries: France, Ukraine