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.



Jodie Foster to Star in and Direct Woman at War Remake

Jodie Foster.

Iceland’s 2018 Oscar entry Woman at War is set for a remake helmed by Jodie Foster, Deadline reports. The two-time Oscar winner will direct, co-produce, and star in the English-language remake, which will be set in the American West. The film will be Jodie’s fifth feature film as a director.

“This movie thrilled me beyond words,” Foster has stated about the Icelandic original. “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.”

Woman at War, the story of a choir director with a secret life as an activist waging war on Iceland’s aluminum industry has captivated audiences worldwide and garnered the movie a Nordic Council Prize, as well as several other wins and nominations. Foster will reinterpret the role of Halla (played originally by Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir).

“I believe it’s safe to say that there’s no one better suited than Jodie Foster to play Halldóra’s mountain woman Halla,” stated Benedikt Erlingsson, the original film’s director, calling Jodie an icon. “The trip has not come to an end.”

Watch the trailer for the original film below.


‘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.

Lights, Camera, Activism

Actress Halldóra Geirharðs looking out of her greenhouse

Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir is one of the nation’s most beloved actors. Some of the previous roles she’s known for have been comedic, even clownish (her turn as Barbara the clown was beloved by an entire generation of Icelandic children). Recently, however, it is her role as an environmental terrorist that has gained her some well-deserved attention. The role is another fruitful partnership with frequent collaborator director Benedikt Erlingsson, her partner in Ormstunga, a comedy play based on one of the Icelandic sagas, her director in Of Horses and Men and most recently, Woman at War.

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