Woman At War 01

Festival / Official Selection 2018 / Woman at War (Kona Fer í Stríð)


Woman at War (Kona Fer í Stríð)

DIRECTOR : Benedikt Erlingsson
COUNTRY : Iceland | France | Ukraine
YEAR : 2018
TIME : 101min

SK Nouveau 4, 11 Oct @ 6pm | SK Nouveau 5, 16 Oct @ 12pm


Halla declares a one-woman-war on the local aluminium industry. She is prepared to risk everything to protect the pristine Icelandic Highlands she loves… Until an orphan unexpectedly enters her life.

This movie is meant to be an heroic tale set in our world of imminent threat. An heroic tale told as an adventure. A serious fairy tale told with a smile.

Our hero serves in this world as a kind of Artemis, the protector of the untouched and wild. Alone, facing a quickly changing planet, she assumes the role of saving mother earth and its future generations. Our point of view is very close to our hero’s, which is how and why we access her inner life.

There is a book by Astrid Lindgren called The Brothers Lionheart, in which we have this dialogue between the two brothers:

But then Jonathan said that there were certain things you have to do, even if they were difficult and dangerous.
“Why is that?” I asked, surprised.
“Otherwise you´re not really a person, just a little shit.”
This is a film about a woman striving to be a real person.

Woman At War_Benedikt Erlingsson


Benedikt Erlingsson is an Icelandic director, author and actor. Erlingsson is well known as a stage director as well as for his roles in theatre, TV series and films. His solo performances are some of the most successful in the history of Icelandic theatre and were performed on stage by Erlingsson himself for six years. OF HORSES AND MEN, Erlingsson’s first feature film as a writer-director.