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WOMAN AT WAR wins Art Cinema Award at Filmfest Hamburg

Woman at War, writer/director Benedikt Erlingsson‘s new feature, won the Art Cinema Award at Filmfest Hamburg in Germany. The Art Cinema Award entails a 5000 Euros cash prize. This is the film‘s fifth international award.

The jury statement reads as follows:

„50-year-old Halla is lovingly dedicated to her choir. In secret, however, she purposely carries out attacks on the power supply to prevent the economic exploitation of her country. Her surprisingly positive, unassuming adoption application and more intense monitoring activities now force her into taking rapid and more rigorous action. We were won over by the powerful depiction of Halla, the screenplay – with its clever use of symbols – and an unconventional soundtrack, which enhances the film not just acoustically but also visually.“

Woman at War was recently selected as Iceland‘s entry for the 2019 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. It was nominated for this year‘s Nordic Council Film Prize and became the first Icelandic film to be nominated for the European Parliament‘s LUX Prize. It also made this year‘s selection list for the European Film Awards.

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 Toronto International Film Festival, the Sydney Film Festival, the Festival International du Film de la Rochelle in France and the Melbourne International Film Festival.

International sales for the film are being handled by Beta Cinema (thorsten.ritter@betacinema.com).