Woman at War

Woman at War

The movie is in Icelandic with English subtitles.

Halla is a fifty-year-old independent woman. But behind the scenes of a quiet routine, she leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist. Known to others only by her alias "The Woman of the Mountain," Halla secretly wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminum industry. As Halla's actions grow bolder, from petty vandalism to outright industrial sabotage, she succeeds in pausing the negotiations between the Icelandic government and the corporation building a new aluminum smelter. But right as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that changes everything.

Running Time
100 minutes
Release to DVD: T.B.A.

The Critics Comment

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Peter Howell/Toronto Star
The droll absurdity of Nordic cinema acquires an eco-terrorism edge in Woman at War, a movie filled with dualities and one singular performance.

Kenneth Turan/Los Angeles Times
Not to get all alliterative about it, but "Woman at War" is something wonderful.

Jeannette Catsoulis/NY Times
Approaching weighty themes with a very light touch, Benedikt Erlingsson's "Woman at War" is an environmental drama wrapped in whimsical comedy and tied with a bow of midlife soul-searching.

Brad Wheeler/Globe and Mail
A wry, idiosyncratic comedy that communicates important topical messages while never being less than a joy to watch.

Jay Weissberg/Variety
Is there anything rarer than an intelligent feel-good film that knows how to tackle urgent global issues with humor as well as a satisfying sense of justice?

Bilge Ebiri/Village Voice
Beneath the playful surfaces - musical interludes, quirky neighbors, happy smiley eco-terrorists, Rube Goldbergian sabotage attempts - lie some uncomfortable truths about citizenship, family, and privilege.


Edda Awards, Iceland Winner: Best Director, Film, Actress, Screenplay, Editing, Visual Effects, Cinematography, Sound, Set and Music

Hamburg Film Festival Winner: Best Feature

Ljubljana International Film Festival Winner: Best Film

Montreal Film Festival Winner: Best Actress

Portland International Film Festival Winner: Audience Award, Global Panorama

San Luis Obispo International Film Festival Winner: Audience Award

Seville European Film Festival Winner: Audience Award

Tromso International Film Festival Winner: Audience Award

Valladolid International Film Festival Winner: Best Actress

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