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Tuesday, 28 May 2019
Exeter Phoenix

Dir. Benedikt Erlingsson
101 mins | France, Iceland, Ukraine


Fri 24 May: 1.30pm + 6.15pm

Sat 25 May: 8pm

Sun 26 May: 7pm

Tue 28 May: 10:45am + Breakfast Deal

Thu 30 May: 7.30pm

From Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson, who scored an art house hit with 2013’s triumphant Of Horses and Men, comes another pleasingly off-the-wall story that winningly combines an absurdist comedy with a tense thriller.

Halla seems to lead a quiet and routine existence. But her happy and upbeat exterior hides a secret double life, wherein she also operates as a committed environmental activist. Known to others and in the media only by her alias ‘The Woman of the Mountain’, she is a Joan of Arc-esque figure, armed with an elaborate bow and arrow, dashing across the countryside to vanquish offenders.

But as she begins to plan her boldest operation yet, and as the government attempts to discredit her, she receives unexpected news – forcing her to choose between her environmental crusade and the chance of fulfilling another, more personal dream.

Playful, touching and funny, Woman at War is confidently and stylishly made, sound-tracked by Icelandic folk music (played quirkily and incongruously by musicians on-screen) as it follows its appealing, fierce and focused heroine as she ponders whether to continue directing her substantial energies out into the world.


Enjoy breakfast in our Café Bar before the screening on Tue 28 May.

£9.50: Film + cup of tea + something from our breakfast menu.