An Icelandic eco-warrior with a difference is the unlikely heroine of this distinctive comedy-drama about our warring relationship with nature.
Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir) is known to her friends as a quiet and upbeat choir mistress. However, her seemingly unadventurous life covers up a dark secret. Halla is also ‘The Mountain Woman’, an environmental activist waging a one-woman war on the local metal industry to protest and protect the breathtaking Icelandic rural landscape. When the chance to realise her dream of becoming a mother presents itself, she finds herself with a difficult decision to make.
Director Benedikt Erlingsson’s first film, Of Horses and Men, was one of the most startlingly original, audacious features of the past decade. While Woman at War isn’t quite as weirdly wonderful, its tremendous central performance and rousing theme offer a far more focused and driven story. Hot on the heels of the Avengers and Captain Marvel, Halla is the very opposite of the MCU’s ever-prevailing heroes. Yet clad in a her own knitting, running around Iceland with a bow and arrow, she’s just as much a force to be reckoned with. (Research Chris Coetsee). It is fabulous, so we’ve scheduled three evenings whether you come or not.