Featured image for “Woman At War”
Shown: November 26, 2023 at 6pm

Director : Benedikt Erlingsson

Country : Iceland

Release Date : 2018

Duration : 101 mins

Language : Icelandic, Spanish and Ukrainian

Subtitles : Yes

Halla, a choir conductor and eco-activist, plans to disrupt the operations of a Rio Tinto aluminium plant in the Icelandic highlands, purposely damaging electricity pylons and wires to cut their power supply. One day, a long-forgotten application to adopt an orphan child from Ukraine is approved. At the same time, the government ramps up police and propaganda efforts in order to catch and discredit her. The film revolves around her attempts to reconcile her dangerous and illegal activism with the upcoming adoption. All the while, the film’s soundtrack players, consisting of a three-man band and Ukrainian traditional singers, interact with the plot and characters.

A well-turned, well-tuned oddity … confidently and rather stylishly made.”  (Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian)