‘Woman at War’ wins at the Nordic Film Days

The Icelandic film Woman at War has won all of the awards for the categories it was nominated in at the Nordic Film Days Lubeck.

In total, the film won four prizes: the top prize (NDR Film Prize), the Audience Prize, the Interfilm Church Film Prize, and the Baltic Film Prize for best Nordic Narrative. The total winnings for the four prizes is €25,000. The film won all the awards offered to Nordic fiction films.

The actor Juan Camillo Roman Estrada accepted the awards on behalf of director Benedikt Erlingsson, who is currently in Los Angeles to promote the film as Iceland’s Oscar candidate.

The jury of the NDR prize said:

“This is a film that provides hope in an age when positive narratives are few and far between. With cinematic tongue in cheek, it is entertaining and exciting, imaginative, featuring a brilliant protagonist and Iceland’s spectacular natural landscape, and the audience is swept into an emotional and funny confrontation with global problems.”

The other award winners are:

  • Best First Feature Film: The Little Comrade dir. Moonika Siimets (Estonia)
  • Documentary Film Prize: The Illustrators dir. Antti Haase (Finland)
  • Children and Youth Prize: Summer Children dir. Gudrun Ragnarsdottir (Iceland)
  • Children’s Jury Prize: Alone in Space dir. Ted Kjelsson (Sweden)

Just last week Woman at War won the coveted Nordic Council Film Prize. 

You can read our interview with Woman at War director Benedikt Erlingsson by clicking here. 


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.

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