Luna Exclusive! The Cannes award-winning follow-up to Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson’s wildly popular festival hit Of Horses and Men tells a funny and warm-hearted musical tale of a woman on a personal environmental crusade.
Middle-aged Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir) is a modest, beloved choir leader who is also secretly the ‘Mountain Woman’: an eco-activist focused on bringing down the heavy industry that threatens Iceland’s natural beauty, one sabotaged electricity pylon at a time. A hefty thorn in the side of local government and business, Halla’s one-woman campaign has a bump placed in its path when she receives confirmation that her application to adopt a child has been approved.
Backed by Of Horses and Men cinematographer Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson’s stunning camera work, as well a glorious musical chorus of Icelandic folk instrumentalists and Ukrainian singers that break the fourth wall in barnstorming fashion, Erlingsson banishes any hint of sophomore film blues with another truly unique work: skilful, thrilling, surreal and perfectly crowned by the exquisite presence of Geirharðsdóttir. (Icelandic Language w English subtitles)
WINNER: SADC AWARD, CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2018
WINNER: BEST FILM, ART CINEMA AWARD, HAMBURG FILM FESTIVAL 2018
WINNER: BEST FILM, NORDIC COUNCIL'S FILM AWARD 2018
WINNER: BEST FILM, EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LUX AWARD 2018
WINNER: BEST FILM, BEST DRAMATIC FEATURE, BYRON BAY FILM FESTIVAL 2018
WINNER: BEST ACTRESS, MONTREAL FESTIVAL OF NEW CINEMA 2018
WINNER: BEST ACTRESS, VALLADOLID INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018
OFFICIAL SELECTION: CRITICS' WEEK, CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2018
"Gloriously Icelandic. An intelligent feel-good film that tackles urgent global issues with humour and a sense of justice. Delightful." - Variety
"Offbeat, poignant and visually exquisite. A modern-day fable about a female David taking on the Goliath of her country's government and industry." - The Hollywood Reporter
"Winningly mixes absurdist comedy and tense thriller with a crafty plot and heartfelt and believable stakes." - British Film Institute
"Bold and pleasingly quirky." - Screen Daily
'Tense thriller with a crafty plot.' - Sight & Sound