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2022 / 101' / Iceland, France, Ukraine

Halla, a choir conductor and eco-activist, plans to disrupt the operations of a Rio Tinto aluminium plant in the Icelandic highlands, purposely damaging electricity pylons and wires to cut their power supply. One day, a long-forgotten application to adopt an orphan child from Ukraine is approved. At the same time, the government ramps up police and propaganda efforts in order to catch and discredit her.

The film revolves around her attempts to reconcile her dangerous and illegal activism with the upcoming adoption. All the while, the film's soundtrack players, consisting of a three-man band and Ukrainian traditional singers, interacts with the plot and characters.


Screenings schedule:

18.07.2024 at 10:30, House of Cinema, 6 Saksaganskogo Street (Kyiv), Blue Hall




Icelandic actor, screenwriter, theater, and film director. In the mid-1990s, Benedikt Erlingsson began acting, having played nearly 20 roles in film and television. After several short films, Erlingsson made his feature film directorial debut in 2013 with "Of Horses and Men" (Icelandic: Hross í oss), which won over twenty festival and professional awards worldwide.

In 2018, Benedikt Erlingsson directed the French-Icelandic-Ukrainian co-production "Woman at War." The film had its world premiere at the 71st Cannes International Film Festival, where it participated in the "Critics' Week" competition and won the SACD Award from the Writers and Composers Guild. In 2018, the film was selected as the opening film of the 9th Odesa International Film Festival. That same year, it was Iceland's submission for the 91st Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

Selected filmography

  • Hross í oss (2013)

  • The Show of Shows (2015)

  • Woman at War (2018)


Producer: Benedikt Erlingsson, Carine Leblanc, Marianne Slot

Screenwriter: Benedikt Erlingsson, Ólafur Egill Egilsson

DOP: Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson

Composer: Davíð Þór Jónsson

Cast: Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson, Juan Camilo Román Estrada, Jörundur Ragnarsson, Vala Kristin Eiriksdottir

Production: Slot Machine, Gulldrengurinn, Vintage Pictures, Köggull, Solar Media Entertainment


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