Woman at War

Showed at Images 4/12/2019–4/25/2019

Starring: Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir

Showing in Cinema Pop-Up

Introduction by Magnús T. Bernhardsson, Brown Professor of History at Williams College on Friday, April 12 at the 7:30pm show

Winner of 10 Edda Awards in Iceland, Woman at War has taken the international film circuit by storm.

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. Her application to adopt a child has finally been accepted and there is a little girl waiting for her in Ukraine. As Halla prepares to abandon her role as saboteur and savior of the Highlands to fulfill her dream of becoming a mother, she decides to plot one final attack to deal the aluminum industry a crippling blow.

In Icelandic, Spanish, English, and Ukrainian, with English subtitles

  • Director: Benedikt Erlingsson
  • Runtime: 1 hour 41 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Comedy

“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.”

– New York Times