Woman At War
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From Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson, who scored an art house hit with 2013s triumphantOf Horses and Men, comes another pleasingly off-the-wall story thatwinningly combines an absurdist comedy with a tense thriller.Halla (the formidable Halldra Geirharsdttir)seems to lead a quiet and routine existence. But her happy and upbeat exterior hides a secret double life, wherein she also operates as a committed environmental activist.Known to others and in the media only by her alias The Woman of the Mountain, she is a Joan of Arc-esque figure, armed with an elaborate bow and arrow, dashing across the countryside to vanquish offenders.But as she begins to plan her boldest operation yet, and as the government attempts to discredit her, she receives unexpected news - forcing her to choose between her environmental crusade and the chance of fulfilling another, more personal dream.Playful, touching and funny, Woman at War is confidently and stylishly made, sound-tracked by Icelandic folk music (played quirkily and incongruously by musicians on-screen) as it follows its appealing, fierce and focused heroine as she ponders whether to continue directing her substantial energies out into the world.Screening as part of our BEACON Season with support from the BFI Film Audience Network.Woman at War takes a sidelong glance at what it means to look, sound and act like a fighter - one hellbent on serving the worlds greater good. ★★★★ Little White LiesPaul Schrader meets Roy Andersson in this fantastically artful fable that examines what it really means to save the world. ★★★★ IndiewireDirector: Benedikt ErlingssonFrance/Iceland/Ukraine 2018Cast:Halldra Geirharsdttir, Jhann Sigurarson, Juan Camillo Roman EstradaRun time: 101 minsIcelandic with English subtitles
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