The film ‘Woman at War’ (Kona fer í stríð) will be Iceland’s 2019 Oscar submission, RÚV reports. The film, which was directed by Benedikt Erlingsson and stars Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, was selected by members of the Icelandic Film and Television Academy (ÍKSA) in an online election that ended on Wednesday. ÍKSA members chose from nine Icelandic films that met the submission requirements of the United States’ Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Per the description on the Toronto International Film Festival website the movie centers around Halla, “a committed undercover eco-terrorist trying to save Iceland’s natural landscapes from industrialist destruction” whose plans are complicated “…when a long-desired child becomes available for adoption.”
Film producer and president of ÍKSA Hlin Jóhannesdóttir says that this year’s election saw a record participation among voting members and also that there have seldom been as many Icelandic films competing for the honor of being Iceland’s nominee for the Oscar’s Best Foreign Film prize.
‘Woman at War’ will now be submitted to the Oscar selection committee, which will choose five international films to compete for the award, the winner of which will be announced during the Oscar ceremony on January 22, 2019. The film has also been nominated for the Nordic Council Film Prize, the European Parliament’s LUX prize, and the European Film Award.
You can watch a trailer for the film (with English subtitles) here.