Woman At War
Starring Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Davíð Þór Jónsson, Magnús Trygvason Eliasen, Ómar Guðjónsson
Written by Benedikt Erlingsson and Ólafur Egill Egilsson
Directed by Benedikt Erlingsson
The Acton Film Club started in 2009 and we are screening a film that may have gone under your radar from every year since we began - this time we arrive at our final film in the sequence - released earlier in 2019.
Halla lives a double life - by day she works as a mild-mannered choral director but in secret she is an eco-terrorist known as 'Woman Of The Mountain' - determined to disrupt the construction of an aluminium smelting plant that will bring further pollution to the land. Her expertise with a bow and arrow causes havoc with power lines across the island - these bold exploits cause the authorities to ramp up their efforts to catch and discredit her.
In the midst of all this drama a long-forgotten application to adopt a child from Ukraine is approved - meaning Halla must try to reconcile her illegal activities with becoming a parent.
Director Benedikt Erlingsson cut his teeth in TV comedy and he infuses Woman At War with a delightfully dry, deadpan humour, underscored by music provided by a quartet who appear onscreen like a Greek chorus. Cinematographer Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson captures the weird beauty of Iceland and gives the movie a distinct and quirky visual style.
This little-seen gem is stylish, funny and affecting - thanks in large part to the terrific performance of Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir in the lead role.