GODLAND – Review by Diane Carson

Godland follows a priest’s misguided mission in 19th century Iceland. If ever a film ironically invoked its title, Icelandic director Hlynur Pálmason’s Godland certainly does. Set in the late nineteenth century, young, initially idyllic Danish priest Lucas travels across Iceland’s gorgeous, remote, forbidding landscapes, intent on building a church, establishing a Christian community around it, and, incidentally, documenting it all with photographs taken on his large-format camera.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK February 22, 2019: WOMAN AT WAR

motw logo 1-35Having a fearless, independent, complicated middle-aged woman at the center of this original comedy/drama is reason enough to distinguish the Icelandic film Woman at War. That director Benedikt Erlingsson, working from a script he wrote with Ólafur Egill Egilsson, has managed to make a film about environmental activism in the Icelandic countryside that’s fresh, quirky and compelling is an added bonus.

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WOMAN AT WAR – Review by Susan Wloszczyna

Woman at War is about a 49-year-old Iceland native named Halla (Hallodora Geirharodottir) who by day is a joy-filled choir director and tai chi enthusiast who has portraits of Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandala hanging in her living room. But make no mistake. She is indeed a warrior on a mission to save Mother Earth, as she regularly sabotages an aluminum plant that is helping to destroy the environment.

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