7:30 PM, 5th July, 2019
The star of this film is undoubtedly the Icelandic landscape. It also has a few people in it, such as 50-year-old choir leader Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir). Dedicated to protecting the environment at all costs, she has been waging a one-woman war against the local aluminium industry by sabotaging power lines and other infrastructure to cripple their production.
Her priorities are called into question, however, when her application to adopt a child is unexpectedly accepted. Knowing that she’ll lose both her freedom and her only chance at motherhood if she is ever caught, Halla decides to take up her crossbow for one last mission.
Woman at War was Iceland’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film category at this year’s Oscars. It is a timely, enjoyable tale of suspense interspersed with comedic touches – and singing.