Oscars: Iceland Selects 'Woman at War' for Foreign-Language Category

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Cannes Critics’ Week

The film premiered in Critics' Week at Cannes in May.

Iceland has selected Woman at War (Kona fer i strid), directed by Benedikt Erlingsson, for consideration in the best foreign-language film category for the Oscars.

The pic is focused on an ecological activist who sabotages her country's electricity grid in a bid to preserve its breathtaking landscapes.

"An impressive follow-up to his strikingly eccentric debut, Of Horses and Men, Icelandic auteur Benedikt Erlingsson's second feature-length fiction, Woman at War, is another skillfully crafted, surreally told tale of man and nature — or in this case, woman and autre — but one with more emotional depth and sharper political undertones," The Hollywood Reporter wrote in its review.

Woman at War premiered in the Critics' Week section at Cannes in May and went on to be screened at a number of other international festivals, including Haifa, Hamburg and Melbourne.

Beta Cinema handles world sales for the film.

Iceland has been submitting movies to the Academy Awards since 1980 but has never won an Oscar. Children of Nature, directed by Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, earned a nomination in 1991.