Lux Prize

Kona fer í strí - Woman at War

by Benedikt Erlingsson
Iceland, France, Ukraine, 2018, 100', color, DCP
Screenplay: Benedikt Erlingsson, Ólafur Egill Egilsson

screenplay
Benedikt Erlingsson
Ólafur Egill Egilsson
cinematography
Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson
editing
Daví Alexander Corno

music
Daví ór Jónsson
sound
François De Morant
Raphaël Sohier
Vincent Cosson
Aymeric Devoldère
production design
Snorri Freyr Hilmarsson
costumes
Sylvía Dögg Halldórsdóttir
Maria Kero

cast
Halldóra Geirharsdóttir (Halla/Ása)
Jóhann Sigurarson (Sveinbjörn)
Daví ór Jónsson (Pianist/Accordion Band)
Magnús Trygvason Eliasen (Drummer Band)
Ómar Gujónsson (Sousaphone Band)
Iryna Danyleiko, Galyna Goncharenko
Susanna Karpenko (Ukrainian choir)

producers
Marianne Slot
Benedikt Erlingsson
Carine Leblanc
productions
Slot Machine
Gulldrengurinn

co-producers
Serge Lavrenyuk
Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson
Birgitta Björnsdóttir
co-productions
Solar Media
Köggull Filmworks
Vintage Picture

world sales
Beta Cinema
contact

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.

 

Filmography

2018 Kona fer í strí (Woman at War)
2013 Hross í oss (Of Horses and Men)
2008 Naglinn (short)
2007 Takk fyrir hjálpi (Thanks, short)

"This movie is meant to be a heroic tale set in our world of imminent threat. A 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."

Benedikt Erlingsson is an Icelandic director, author and actor. Erlingsson is well known as a stage director as well as for his roles in theater, TV series and films. His solo performances are some of the most successful in the history of the Icelandic theater and were performed on stage by Erlingsson himself for six years. Of Horses and Men, Erlingsson's first feature film as a writer-director, won over 20 international awards, including the New Directors prize at the 2013 San Sebastián Film Festival and the 2014 Nordic Council Film Prize. Erlingsson is a 2016 Gan Foundation for Cinema award winner.

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