Woman at War + discussion

BBFC RatingWoman at War + discussion

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Certificate12A
Year2018
GenreAction, Drama, Thriller
DirectorBenedikt Erlingsson
LanguageIcelandic, Spanish, English, Ukrainian
CountryIceland, France, Ukraine
Running Time1HR 41MINS
Extra InfoWith English subtitles | Followed by discussion
SeasonMain Programme

Director Benedikt Erlingsson’s follow-up to the eccentric comedy Of Horses and Men is a similar genre-fluid trip, playfully steeped in Iceland’s heritage and landscape.

Independent, feisty 40-something Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir) leads a double life as an undercover environmental activist. She’s declared a one-woman war on the local aluminium industry to protect her homeland’s pristine Highlands. As Halla’s acts of sabotage grow ever more extreme, Erlingsson ingeniously blends the traditional (sheep, landscape, family bonds) with the modern (drones, thermal cameras, CCTV), using the most idiosyncratic of soundtracks to mine a unique seam of humour, but never detracting from the gravitas of Halla’s campaign. 

Charming and smartly plotted, the quirky gags keep cantering along (I mean, how many uses can there be for a dead ram?). This is delightful, mature and hugely enjoyable filmmaking – a call to arms that delivers laughs hand-in-hand with an urgent political and human message. 

- Sarah Lutton, BFI London Film Festival

Join the Centre for Sustainability, Equality & Climate Action at Queen's for a Q&A after the screening. Prof John Barry will offer some reflections on the film before an audience discussion chaired by Dr Amanda Slevin.

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