Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson starts new film

The Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson, known for his acclaimed Of Horses and Men, is starting a new film this July.

Titled A Woman at War (Fjallkona fer í stríð), the film is about a single woman in her late forties who declares war. She picks her fight against the heavy industry that will destroy the untouched Icelandic highlands and plans to sabotage their movements. She risks everything to fight climate change and international corporations, but everything changes when an orphan enters her life.

Erlingsson told nordicfilmandtvnews.com that the leading character is “a green warrior, a radical environmental activist. She is also a choir conductor, and in her quest, she is escorted by a radical trio of musicians, invisible to her but visible to the audience. They are like a Greek choir, representing her inner demons, interacting with her.”

The film will be produced by Erlingsson alongside Marianne Slot, a Danish producer based in Paris. The film is supported by the Icelandic Film Centre, the French Fondation Gan and CNC.

A Woman At War will shoot in Iceland and the Ukraine from this July. German sales agent Beta Cinema is taking the film to Cannes, where the cast, crew, and co-producers will be announced.

 Info: nordicfilmandtvnews.com

Pictured: Of Horses and Men


Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.