Woman At War Wins Ten Eddas

Director Benedikt Erlingsson’s Woman At War (Kona fer í strið) won in all ten of the categories that it was nominated for at the Eddas, Iceland’s most prestigious Film and Television award, on Friday night RÚV reports.

The film, which was also chosen as Iceland’s submission for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars, stars Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir and tells the story of an eco-activist whose efforts to disrupt large-scale industry in Iceland are complicated when she learns that her long-awaited adoption is about to become a reality. It is set to be adapted in the US by Jodie Foster.

Woman At War won in the categories of Film of the Year, Script, Sound, Editing, Cinematography, Actress in a Starring Role, Set Design, Score, Special Effects, and Best Director.

Director Baldvin Z’s Let Me Fall (Lof mér að falla) was actually nominated for more Eddas—12 in total—but only won in four categories: Costume Design, Makeup, Actress in a Supporting Role, and Actor in a Supporting Role.

See a trailer of Woman at War herewith English subtitles and Let Me Fall here.

 

 

‘Woman at War’ Goes to the Oscars

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.