Woman at War

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Woman at War
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Film poster
Directed byBenedikt Erlingsson [is]
Produced by
  • Benedikt Erlingsson
  • Carine Leblanc
  • Marianne Slot
Written by
  • Benedikt Erlingsson
  • Ólafur Egill Egilsson
Starring
  • Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir
  • Davíð Þór Jónsson
  • Magnús Trygvason Eliasen
  • Ómar Guðjónsson
  • Jóhann Sigurðarson
Music byDavíð Þór Jónsson
CinematographyBergsteinn Björgúlfsson
Edited byDavíð Alexander Corno
Release date
  • 12 May 2018 (2018-05-12) (Cannes International Critics' Week)
  • 22 May 2018 (2018-05-22)
Country
  • Iceland
  • France
  • Ukraine
Language
  • Icelandic
  • Spanish
  • English
  • Ukrainian
Box office$1.5 million[1]

Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) is a 2018 internationally co-produced[2] comedy-drama thriller film written, produced and directed by Benedikt Erlingsson [is], and starring Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir.

Following a premiere at 2018 Cannes Film Festival via the International Critics' Week, it was released on 22 May 2018. It was selected as the Icelandic entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards, but it was not nominated.[3][4][5]

Plot[edit]

Halla, a choir conductor, wants to disrupt the operations of a Rio Tinto aluminium plant in the Icelandic highlands. She repeatedly damages 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.[6][7]

Accolades[edit]

Woman at War was shown at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, in the International Critics' Week section, where the screenwriters won the SACD award.[8] The film also won the Lux prize award of the European Parliament for 2018.[9]

Reception[edit]

Peter Bradshaw, for The Guardian, praised Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir's 'attractive and sympathetic performance' as Halla, and called the overall film a 'well-turned, well-tuned oddity' that was 'confidently and rather stylishly made'.[6]

Jay Weissberg, for Variety, called the film 'a delightful follow-up to Of Horses and Men', and praised the director for 'arranging beautifully shot picaresque episodes around a central figure who lives the ideals of the heroes she has hanging on her wall, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela'.[7]

Remake[edit]

On 11 December 2018, it was announced that Jodie Foster was to direct and star in an English remake.[10][11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kona fer í stríð (Woman at War)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  2. ^ http://www.semainedelacritique.com/en/edition/2018/movie/konaferi-stri
  3. ^ "Фильм, которым можно гордиться: украинскую киноленту выдвинули на Оскар". Politeka. 20 September 2018. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  4. ^ Kozlov, Vladimir (20 September 2018). "Oscars: Iceland Selects 'Woman at War' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  5. ^ Abbatescianni, Davide (21 September 2018). "The Guilty enters the Oscars race for Denmark, Woman at War for Iceland". Cineuropa. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  6. ^ a b https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/may/12/woman-at-war-review-benedikt-erlingsson-horses-men-icelandic-drama-pylon
  7. ^ a b https://variety.com/2018/film/reviews/woman-at-war-review-1202808656/
  8. ^ "Diamantino comes out on top in the Cannes Critics' Week". Cineuropa. 16 May 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  9. ^ https://luxprize.eu/
  10. ^ Geoff Boucher (11 December 2018). "'Woman At War': Jodie Foster To Direct & Star In English Version Of Iceland's Oscar Entry". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  11. ^ Birgir Olgeirsson (11 December 2018). "Ég get ekki beðið eftir að leika Höllu". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 11 December 2018.

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