Magazine article Screen International

'Woman at War' Wins Lucrative Nordic Council Film Prize

Magazine article Screen International

'Woman at War' Wins Lucrative Nordic Council Film Prize

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Director Benedikt Erlingsson’s second feature scoops $53,000 prize.

Tonight at a ceremony in Oslo, Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson became the first director to win the Nordic Council Film Prize for both his first and second feature films.

‘Woman At War’

This year’s winner was Woman At War, with Erlingsson sharing the $53,000 (DKK 350,000) cash prize with co-writer Ólafur Egill Egilsson and his fellow producers Marianne Slot and Carine Leblanc from France’s Slot Machine.

Woman At War, which premiered at Cannes Critics Week and is Iceland’s submission for the foreign-language Oscar race, is about a middle-aged woman who becomes an eco terrorist to try to save Iceland’s highlands, while also juggling her own desire to adopt a child. …

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