Matinees ACMI presents

Woman at War

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“An environmental drama wrapped in whimsical comedy and tied with a bow of midlife soul-searching.”

The New York Times

Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir) is an independent-minded choirmaster in her fifties. Behind the veneer of a seemingly unremarkable middle-age, she leads a double life as ‘Mountain Woman’, a committed environmental activist determined to go to any lengths to protect the pristine Icelandic highlands of her homeland. But just as Halla is about to undertake her greatest act of industrial sabotage, she receives word that her application to adopt a child – a long-cherished dream – has been approved.

"Backed by Of Horses and Men cinematographer Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson’s stunning camera work, as well a glorious musical chorus of Icelandic folk instrumentalists and Ukrainian singers that break the fourth wall in barnstorming fashion, [director Benedikt] Erlingsson banishes any hint of sophomore film blues with another truly unique work: skillful, thrilling, surreal and perfectly crowned by the exquisite presence of Geirharðsdóttir." Melbourne International Film Festival