Nordic films win at the Valladolid Film Festival

The Valladolid International Film Festival wrapped up over the weekend, and awarded two Nordic films during their closing ceremony.

First, the Icelandic film Woman at War won Best Actress for Halladora Geirhardsdottir. Geirhardsdorrit plays Halla, a woman who declares war on the aluminium industry. She resorts to sabotage and risks everything to protect the Icelandic highlands. Just as her mission is gaining traction, she finds out she is eligible to adopt a young Ukrainian refugee, forcing her to rethink her plans.

Read our interview with Woman at War director Benedikt Erlingsson, where we talk about the real issues facing Iceland.
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Woman at War previously won four awards during Cannes Critics’ Week, where it also had its world premiere. It is currently nominated for the Nordic Council Film Prize and the LUX Prize.

The second film to win was Gustav Moller’s The Guilty, which won the Best Screenplay award. The film is set entirely within an emergency call centre and follows an emergency call dispatcher as he tries to figure out where a kidnapped woman is located.

The Guilty has just been released on major streaming platforms in the United States. You can watch the U.S. trailer below.

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.