Mid Winter Film Festival: Woman At War

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Dir. Benedikt Erlingsson, Iceland. Run time: 100 minutesPart of our Mid Wintere Film Festival.Halldra Geirharsdttir is brilliant in this jet-black comedy about a woman fighting tosave the planet and adopt a child at the same time amid the breathtaking beauty of ruralIceland.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 onlyby her alias The Woman of the Mountain, Halla secretly wages a one-woman-waron the local aluminium industry. As Hallas actions grow bolder, from petty vandalismto outright industrial sabotage, she succeeds in pausing the negotiations between theIcelandic government and the corporation building a new aluminium smelter. But right asshe begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives an unexpectedletter that changes everything. Her application to adopt a child has finally been acceptedand there is a little girl waiting for her in Ukraine. As Halla prepares to abandon her roleas saboteur and saviour of the Highlands to fulfil her dream of becoming a mother, shedecides to plot one final attack to deal the aluminium industry a crippling blow.Followed by a discussion panel on environmental activism arranged by theStewartry Climate Group.

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