Woman at War enters the Oscars race for Iceland

Photo from Woman at War movie

Iceland has confirmed Benedikt Erlingsson's Woman at War as its Oscars bid. One of the three finalist films for the 2018 LUX Prize, the Icelandic-Ukrainian-French co-production premiered in the Critics' Week at Cannes in May, followed by a number of successful festival screenings in Haifa, Hamburg, Melbourne and Neuchâtel.

More recently, Woman at War was part of the LUX Prize screenings in the Giornate degli Autori at the 75th Venice Film Festival, where Benedikt Erlingsson took active part in the activities organised by the initiative, including the meetings with the 28 Times Cinema, who were ultimately in charge of handing out the GdA Directors’ Award at the end of the festival.

Written by Benedikt Erlingsson and Ólafur Egill Egilsson, the story revolves around Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir), an environmental activist in her fifties who tries to reconcile her dangerous attempts to sabotage her country's electricity grid with the upcoming adoption of a child from a Ukrainian orphanage.

Iceland has regularly taken part in the competition since 1980 but has never won an Oscar. Only Friðrik Þór Friðriksson's drama Children of Nature made the final shortlist in 1991.