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Westport Film Club kicks off with Icelandic gem

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GREEN MACHINE  Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir’s turns in a stellar perfomance as eco-warrior Hella in this jet-black comedy about a woman fighting to save the planet and adopt a child at the same time.

Westport Film Club is swinging back into action for the 2019 autumn/winter season, with screenings to be held on the first Wednesday of every month in the W Cinema on James Street. The first film in their line-up is the spirited environmental Icelandic film ‘Woman at War’, which screens tomorrow evening (Wednesday) at 8.45pm.
Hella is leading a double life as a demure choirmaster/vigilante eco-warrior when a call from the adoption agency throws her master plan into chaos. Under her ‘Mountain Woman’ alias, she tears down power lines to disrupt Chinese investors’ plans to build a new aluminium smelter – but there’s a little Ukrainian girl who needs a mother.
With a manifesto to deliver and the authorities closing in, can Hella achieve both her dreams of saving the environment and adopting a child?
Benedikt Erlingsson’s second feature film is a hearty and compelling eco-thriller with offbeat humour throughout. The score moves from aural to visual with the Greek chorus of a three piece band and folk singers scattered through beautiful rural Iceland, breaking the fourth wall as they punctuate and accentuate the drama.
Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, who plays Hella, pulls on the heartstrings as well as the bowstrings, evading drones and helicopters like an action star in an irresistible dual performance that earned her a nomination for Best Actress at the European Film Awards. It was announced last December that Jodie Foster will be helming an English-language remake as director, co-producer and star. ‘Woman at War’ is 100 minutes long, and in Icelandic with English subtitles. It has been rated 12A by IFCO for brief moderate language, brief non-sexual nudity and mild violence.
Westport Film Club’s next film, due to screen on Wednesday, October 2, is the German drama ‘Transit’, which relocates a 1944 World War II novel into present day France to tell an unfortunately familiar story about the struggle of displaced people.
After that, and screening on Wednesday, November 6, will be ‘Rafiki’, a vibrant Kenyan LGBT love story that became the first movie from Kenya to play at the Cannes Film Festival.
The final movie of the 2019 season will be Pedro Almodóvar’s latest film, ‘Pain and Glory’, in which a film director reflects on the choices he’s made in life as the past and present come crashing down around him. Starring Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia, Penélope Cruz, Julieta Serrano and Leonardo Sbaraglia, it made its international debut at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, where the film was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or.[8] At the Cannes Film Festival, Banderas won the award for Best Actor and Alberto Iglesias won the award for Best Soundtrack.

The film club’s annual membership structure is €40 for eight movies – four in the autumn/winter season, and four in the spring season. Non-members are always welcome and guests can pay €10 entry per film. All films start at 8.45pm, with tickets available to purchase in the W Cinema from 8.30pm.