Nordic Lights Film Festival

Friday, March 1

Our 10th annual Nordic Lights Film Festival begins with the Icelandic film Woman at War, which has won several prestigous awards in the year since its release. The film will be followed by a reception (including bubbly and appetiziers!), hosted by SWEA and the Seattle Reykjavik Sister City Association. The reception is included for pass holders and opening night ticket holders. 

 

Woman at War/Kona fer í stríð | 7pm

Drama/Thriller | Iceland | 2018 | 100 minutes | Benedikt Erlingsson 
Seattle Premiere
Admission to the opening film is included for pass holders
Individual tickets (including reception): $15 for Nordic Museum and SIFF Members; $20 general admission

 

Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir in a bravura performance) is a choirmaster who loves her job. And she's just learned she's been approved to adopt a child from a war-torn area in Ukraine, a long-time dream of hers.

 

The only hitch is that Halla is also a terrorist — an eco-terrorist to be exact. The proliferation of heavy industry, urged on by unscrupulous politicians, has been ruining Iceland's rugged landscape and she is taking action. Dubbed the Mountain Woman, Halla soon becomes the scourge of the aluminum industry. Halla is determined to see things through… but she can't help wondering, would it be more fulfilling to save hypothetical future lives or one actual life: the daughter she has yet to meet and may never if she's apprehended.

 

Woman at War has received several prestigious awards since its Cannes premiere, where it won 4 awards. Director Benedikt Erlingsson recently won the LUX Prize, awarded by the European Parliament, in Strasbourg, the first time an Icelandic film receives this honor. Woman at War also won the Nordic Council Film Prize and has now won a total of 14 international awards since its world premiere at Cannes Critics' Week, where it won four awards. This will be the films Seattle premiere.

 

Reception will follow. 

Tickets for the entire festival (which includes opening night and the opening reception are here.) 

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