Woman at War

Times:

  • 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm
  • Friday, April 12, 2019

Where:

  • The Tower Theatre
    815 E Olive Ave.
    Fresno, CA 93728

Synopsis

Filmworks presents the absurdist, feel-good drama “Woman at War,” a critical favorite at the Cannes Film Festival and Iceland’s selection for a 2019 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. The sophomore feature from filmmaker Benedikt Erlingsson tells the story of Halla, who leads a double life: her innocuous neighborhood persona, and her secret saboteur alias, “The Woman of the Mountain,” as she’s been dubbed by the local press. Halla causes trouble for a cause, blurring the line between passionate environmentalism and eco-terrorism. Her environmental crusade becomes complicated with the news that her long-awaited adoption application has finally been approved. Halla is prepared to abandon her extreme activism and do what she must to prepare for the adoption of a Ukrainian child, but only after she delivers one last crippling blow to Iceland’s aluminum industry.

In Icelandic, Spanish, English, and Ukrainian, with English subtitles.
Assistive listening services are not available for this film.

Director: Benedikt Erlingsson
Iceland/France/Ukraine • 101 minutes • Not Rated
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

SCREENING SPONSORS:
Earth Day Fresno (April 20, 2019)
Citizens’ Climate Lobby – Fresno chapter

Reviews

"Benedikt Erlingsson’s genius lies in how he puts it all together with such witty intelligence, arranging beautifully shot picaresque episodes around a central figure who lives the ideals of the heroes she has hanging on her wall, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela." — Jay Weissberg, Variety
"Director Benedikt Erlingsson has a fabulous eye and a taste for deadpan absurdity. … From the start, ‘Woman at War’ lets you know that you’re in for a ride that will be as arresting visually as it is offbeat conceptually." — Steve Pond, The Wrap
"Benedikt Erlingsson’s genius lies in how he puts it all together with such witty intelligence, arranging beautifully shot picaresque episodes around a central figure who lives the ideals of the heroes she has hanging on her wall, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela." — Jay Weissberg, Variety
"Director Benedikt Erlingsson has a fabulous eye and a taste for deadpan absurdity. … From the start, ‘Woman at War’ lets you know that you’re in for a ride that will be as arresting visually as it is offbeat conceptually." — Steve Pond, The Wrap

Our 2019-20 season: Sept. 13; Oct. 11; Nov. 8-10 (Fresno Film Festival); Jan. 10; Feb. 7-8 (Oscar shorts); March 13; April 10; May 8.