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WOMAN AT WAR has strong debut in Cannes

Woman at War, the second feature from Icelandic writer/director Benedikt Erlingsson, had its world premiere in International Critics’ Week, one of the parallel sections of the Cannes Film Festival, on May 12. After the premiere, the cast and crew in attendance were treated to a long standing ovation.

Early reviews of the film are very positive. Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Cineuropa all delivered raves. Screen International and The Guardian were also positive.

The film tells the story of Halla, an independent woman in her late 40s, who declares war on the local aluminium industry. She’ll risk anything to protect the Icelandic highlands, until an orphan unexpectedly enters her life.

Woman at War was directed by Benedikt Erlingsson and written by Erlingsson and Ólafur Egilsson. It stars Halldóra Geirhardsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurdarson, Davíd Thór Jónsson, Magnús Trygvason Eliassen, and Ómar Gudjónsson. The film is an Icelandic/French/Ukrainian coproduction and was produced by Marianne Slot, Benedikt Erlingsson, and Carine Leblanc, and coproduced by Serge Lavrenyuk, Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson, and Birgitta Björnsdóttir. The film was shot by Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson, edited by Davíd Alexander Corno, and the score was composed by Davíd Thór Jónsson.

International sales for Woman at War are being handled by Beta Cinema (thorsten.ritter@betacinema.com).