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Woman at War

115 MIN

 

 

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Golden Badger Awards Presentation

15 MIN

Pete Schwaba (Wisconsin Public Television's Director's Cut) hosts our annual Golden Badger Awards presentation. The Golden Badger Jury will be on hand to present awards to this year's winning films: Elephant Path, Played Out, and Life on the Mississippi ()

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Director: Benedikt Erlingsson

Screenwriter: Benedikt Erlingsson, Ólafur Egill Egilsson

Producer: Marianne Slot

Editor:Davíð Alexander Corno

Cast: Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson, Davíð Þór Jónsson, Magnús Trygvason Eliasen, Ómar Guðjónsson

Cinematographer: Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson

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Woman at War

narrative • Icelandic with English subtitles • 2018 • DCP • Iceland, France, Ukraine • 100 MIN

An absolute blast, this Icelandic comedy turns saving the world into a righteous thrill ride. Halla is a woman on a mission. A much-loved Reykjavik choir conductor by day, she moonlights as an eco-warrior, toppling pylons with expert bow and arrow shots. Dubbed the "Mountain Woman" by the press, Halla is on a one-woman crusade to protect Iceland's breathtaking landscape from encroaching big industry. Just as she's ramping up her superhero activism, Halla receives the long-awaited news that she's been cleared to adopt. Can she raise a child while donning disguises and outfoxing government helicopters? Carried off with the zip and precision of one of Halla's arrows, Woman at War achieves a sublime perfection of snappy timing, gorgeous nature, and good humor. "Is there anything rarer than an intelligent feel-good film that knows how to tackle urgent global issues with humor as well as a satisfying sense of justice? Look no further than Woman at War" (Variety). "Winningly mixes absurdist comedy and tense thriller. Cinematographer Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson shoots his Icelandic landscapes with such an eye for its barren beauty that it makes [Halla’s] motivation crystal clear. This is a beautiful world that is well worth saving" (Sight & Sound). 2018 Cannes Film Festival. (MK)

section: New International Cinema, Opening Night

 

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