Here’s another interesting film coming from Iceland: Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð). The film is about an environmental activist. It will be in theaters in March.
This is the synopsis of the film. “Halla is a fifty-year-old independent woman. But behind the scenes of a quiet routine, she leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist. Known to others only by her alias “The Woman of the Mountain,” Halla secretly wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminum industry. As Halla’s actions grow bolder, from petty vandalism to outright industrial sabotage, she succeeds in pausing the negotiations between the Icelandic government and the corporation building a new aluminum smelter. But right as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that changes everything. Her application to adopt a child has finally been accepted and there is a little girl waiting for her in Ukraine. As Halla prepares to abandon her role as saboteur and savior of the Highlands to fulfill her dream of becoming a mother, she decides to plot one final attack to deal the aluminum industry a crippling blow.”
Halla is played by Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir. She’s a musician and a choir leader in her public life. But in private she’s trying to save her country from an environmental disaster.
According to Women and Hollywood, Jodie Foster is going to direct and star in an English language version of this story set in the American west. Foster is quoted there as saying, “I am so excited to helm a new American imagining of this relevant, beautiful, inspiring story. The character of Halla is a warrior for the planet, a strong woman who risks it all to do the right thing. But not without some serious mishaps along the way.”
I plan to see the Icelandic version of Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) first. How about you?