GREEN MACHINE Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir’s turns in a stellar perfomance as eco-warrior Hella in this jet-black comedy about a woman fighting to save the planet and adopt a child at the same time.
Linenhall Film Club’s 2019 season ends with ‘Woman at War’, a ‘beguiling gem’ from Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson, on Tuesday next, December 17, at 8pm.
Meet Halla, a choirmaster in her 40s: a happy, upbeat woman who leads a quiet and routine life. But unbeknown to most, however, she has a double life. She is also ‘The Mountain Woman’ – a lone-wolf environmental activist who disrupts the operations of an aluminium plant in the Icelandic highlands through acts of industrial sabotage.
As the authorities intensify their campaign to catch her, she receives an update on a long-forgotten adoption application, and must choose between her activism and her dream of becoming a mother…
A funny, moving and utterly unique film with a magnetic central performance from Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir that earned her a nomination for Best Actress at the European Film Awards.
Irish Times reviewer Tara Brady praised ‘Woman at War’ as ‘an absolute joy’, while The Observer’s Mark Kermode described it as a ‘subversive romp that splendidly overturns action-movie cliches’.
‘Woman at War’ is 100 minutes long, and in Icelandic with English subtitles. It has been rated 12A by IFCO for brief moderate language, brief non-sexual nudity and mild violence. Linenhall Film Club screens every second Tuesday at The Linenhall, Castlebar. For more information, visit www.thelinenhall.com or call 094 9023733.