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Woman at War

  • Starring: Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson, Juan Camillo Roman Estrada
  • Director: Benedikt Erlingsson
  • Languages: Icelandic, English, Spanish, Ukrainian
  • Genre(s): Action, Drama, Thriller
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 101 min.

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 only by her alias “The Woman of the Mountain,” Halla secretly wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminum industry. As Halla’s actions grow bolder, from petty vandalism to outright industrial sabotage, she succeeds in pausing the negotiations between the Icelandic government and the corporation building a new aluminum smelter. But right as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that changes everything. Her application to adopt a child has finally been accepted and there is a little girl waiting for her in Ukraine. As Halla prepares to abandon her role as saboteur and savior of the Highlands to fulfill her dream of becoming a mother, she decides to plot one final attack to deal the aluminum industry a crippling blow. [Metacritic]

"Offbeat, poignant and visually exquisite."
- Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter
"Cinematically and philosophically rewarding from start to finish."
- Tomris Laffly,
"A wry, idiosyncratic comedy that communicates important topical messages while never being less than a joy to watch."
- Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail
"With a masterful melding of the serious, the comic, the ridiculous and the musical, Woman at War is joyful to experience though difficult to sum up. "
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Approaching weighty themes with a very light touch, Benedikt Erlingsson’s Woman at War is an environmental drama wrapped in whimsical comedy and tied with a bow of midlife soul-searching. "
- Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
"Filmmaker Erlingsson has an eye for detail, a flair for the absurd – a sousaphone-based trio pops up here and there – and a deft touch with social commentary and political satire."
- Brad Wheeler, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
"An artful fable that examines what it really means to save the world, Benedikt Erlingsson's "Woman at War" is the rarest of things: A crowd-pleaser about climate change."
- David Ehrlich, indieWire
"Approaching weighty themes with a very light touch, Benedikt Erlingsson's "Woman at War" is an environmental drama wrapped in whimsical comedy and tied with a bow of midlife soul-searching."
- Jeannette Catsoulis, New York 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
"Erlingsson’s genius lies in how he puts it all together with such witty intelligence, 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. "
- Jay Weissberg, Variety
"Woman at War takes its tone not from von Trier but deadpan pranksters like the Finnish Aki Kaurismaki, whose absurdities have an undercurrent of tragedy. Erlingsson has a magnetic heroine in Geirharðsdóttir, who’s lithe and athletic without being a show off, and underplays as a good soldier would. "
- David Edelstein, New York Magazine (Vulture)


  • Saturday, 4/20 3:15pm, 7:30pm
  • Sunday, 4/21 4:00pm
  • Monday, 4/22 3:00pm
  • Tuesday, 4/23 7:30pm
  • Wednesday, 4/24 5:30pm
  • Thursday, 4/25 9:15pm