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WOMAN AT WAR selected for Toronto

Woman at War, writer/director Benedikt Erlingsson‘s new feature, has been selected for the Toronto International Film Festival, where it will have its North American premiere in the Discovery section. Also screening at the festival are feature film Let Me Fall and short films Viktoría and To Plant a Flag, as previously announced. The festival will run from September 6 – 16.

Woman at War had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won four awards in the Critics‘ Week section, including the SACD Award for Best Screenplay. It has since screened at the Sydney Film Festival, the Festival International du Film de la Rochelle in France and the Melbourne International Film Festival.

Woman at War recently became the first Icelandic film to be nominated for the European Parliament‘s LUX Prize.


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, Jörundur Ragnarsson, 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).