Magazine article Screen International

'Woman at War' Triumphs at Lübeck Nordic Film Days

Magazine article Screen International

'Woman at War' Triumphs at Lübeck Nordic Film Days

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Benedikt Erlingsson’s Icelandic title gathers momentum on award-winning run.

Woman At War

Icelandic filmmaker Benedikt Erlingsson’s eco-warrior tale Woman At War, which premiered in Cannes Critics’ Week earlier this year, continued its prize-winning run at the Lübeck Nordic Film Days in northern Germany over the weekend, clinching four awards worth a total [Euro]25,000.

Its Colombian-born supporting cast member Juan Camilo Roman Estrada attended the awards ceremony in Lübeck’s historical theatre to accept the NDR Film Prize, the Baltic Film Prize for a Nordic fiction film, the Interfilm Church Prize and the audience award.

It was the first time in the 60-year history of the Nordic Film Days that a single film has won four prizes.

Woman At War is the third Icelandic film in the last five years to receive the festival’s top NDR Film Prize for best feature film, after double lives drama Life In A Fishbowl in 2014 and coming of age romance Heartstone in 2016.

The Lübeck wins came just days after Erlingsson was feted with the prestigious Nordic Council Film Prize in Oslo last week, to become the first director to win the award for both his first and second feature films. He also clinched the prize for his debut feature Of Horses And Men in 2014.

Woman At War also won four prizes following its Cannes’ Critics Week premiere in May and also clinched the [Euro]5000 Art Cinema Award at this year’s Filmfest Hamburg where it was the opening film. …

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