Woman at War

Woman at War (12A)

To all appearances, 50-year-old Halla leads a happy, if routine, life cycling between yoga classes and choir practice. But Halla has a secret life as a committed environmental activist. Known to the public only by her alias “The Woman of the Mountain”, she wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminium industry to protect the stunning highland Icelandic landscape that is under threat from big business.

Just as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, Halla receives an unexpected letter that will change everything. She is forced to choose between her environmental crusade and the chance of fulfilling her dream of becoming a mother. Woman at War follows Halla as she juggles the adoption of a little girl whilst planning her final act of industrial sabotage.

A funny, moving and quirky film but also one that tackles important subjects, Woman at War was the clear favourite among audiences at a recent screening weekend for community cinemas.

Friday, October  11th 2019
Doors open at 7pm
Film starts at 7.30pm

Director: Benedikt Erlingsson
Year: 2019
Icelandic with English subtitles
Certificate: 12A
Running time: 1 hours 41 minutes
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And the critics say…

“In less adept hands, Woman at War could have become something of a blunt-edged diatribe about the way in which irresponsible commerce is destroying our planet, or a worthy David and Goliath tale about one individual taking on an entire society. But there is a lightness of touch both in direction, from Benedikt Erlingsson (Of Horses and Men), and performance that instead makes this an intelligent, intriguing character study.” Nikki Baughan, Sight and Sound

“Not to get all alliterative about it, but “Woman at War” is something wonderful. Made with a finely honed sense of the ridiculous as well as unexpected emotion, this modern Icelandic saga is completely serious about its wall-to-wall wackiness, which of course is the only way to go.” Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“Beneath the playful surfaces — musical interludes, quirky neighbors, happy smiley eco-terrorists, Rube Goldbergian sabotage attempts — lie some uncomfortable truths about citizenship, family, and privilege.” Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice

Woman at War spins gold from several contemporary fixations. One thread explores the modern woman’s quest to Have It All (in this instance: a choir, a crossbow and a Ukrainian orphan). Another strand examines the commercial chokehold on Earth’s diminishing natural resources; how big business disrupts farming families who’ve cared for their land over many millennia. A third critiques government surveillance and its by-products, such as the fear-mongering propaganda churned out by mass media, stoking a toxic news cycle..” Aimee Knight,  Little White Lies