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Woman at War

  • Director: Benedikt Erlingsson
  • Producer: Benedikt Erlingsson, Marianne Slot, Carine Leblanc
  • Country: Iceland
  • Original title: Kona fer í stríð
Director: Benedikt Erlingsson
Producer: Benedikt Erlingsson, Marianne Slot, Carine Leblanc
Winner 2018

Woman at War

Halla is a fifty-year-old independent woman. But behind the scenes of a quiet routine, she leads a double-life as a passionate environmental activist, secretly waging a one-woman-war on the local aluminium industry. As she plans her biggest and boldest sabotage operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that changes everything. Her application to adopt a child has been accepted and a little girl is waiting for her in Ukraine. As Halla prepares to abandon her role as saboteur and saviour of the Icelandic highlands to fulfil her dream of becoming a mother, she decides to plot one final attack on the aluminium industry.

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The Nominees NCFP 2018

Winter Brothers

Nominees / NCFP

Vinterbrødre / 2018 Denmark

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Nominees / NCFP

Armomurhaaja / 2018 Finland

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Nominees / NCFP

Thelma / 2018 Norway

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Nominees / NCFP

Korparna / 2018 Sweden

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About Nordic Council Film Prize

The Nordic Council prizes aim to increase interest in culture and in collaboration on environmental issues, to recognise outstanding artistic and environmental initiatives and to raise the profile and increase the visibility of Nordic co-operation.

The prize-winning film
The winner of the prize will each year be announced during the Session of the Nordic Council. The prize is awarded to an artistically significant, Nordic-produced full-length feature film with cinema distribution. The film must have had its cinema premiere between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018. The DKK 350,000 prize will be shared equally among the screenwriter, director, and producer, underscoring how film as an art form is brought about by the close collaboration of these three main contributors.

Criteria for nomination
The nominated films must have deep roots in Nordic culture, be of high artistic quality, distinguish themselves by their artistic originality, and combine and elevate the many elements of film into a compelling and holistic work of art. 

National and Nordic jury
Each national jury consists of three members appointed by the Nordic Council of Ministers (Ministers for Culture). The members are selected from prominent figures whose work relates analytically and critically to film.

Each national jury has a three-year tenure, and the members of the national juries for 2018 are:

Denmark:   Per Juul Carlsen*, Jakob Wendt Jensen, Eva Novrup Redvall

Finland:    Jaana Puskala*, Harri Römpötti, Mikaela Westerlund

Iceland:    Hilmar Oddsson*, Börkur Gunnarsson, Helga Þórey Jónsdóttir

Norway:   Inger Merete Hobbelstad*, Kalle Løchen, Britt Sørensen

Sweden:   Kristina Börjeson*, Emma Gray-Munthe, Gunnar Bergdahl

The Nordic jury is made up of the chairs (*) of each of the national juries.

Event Dates

Finnish Film Prize event
20 - 30 September 2018

Love & Anarchy - Helsinki Int. Film Festival

Contact: Anna Möttöiä

Swedish Film Prize event
5 - 7 October 2018

Best of Norden, Stockholm

Contact: Åsa Jacobsson

Danish Film Prize event
12 - 14 October 2018

Cinemateket and Grand Teatret, Copenhagen

Contact: Kenneth Just (Cinemateket), Kim Foss (Grand teatret),,

Icelandic Film Prize event
18 - 21 October 2018

Bio Paradis, Reykjavík

Contact: Hrönn Sveinsdóttir

Norwegian Film Prize event
26 - 28 October 2018

Nordisk Filmhelg, Oslo

Contact: Jannicke Stendal Hansen

Award Ceremony
30 October 2018

Nordic Council Prizes
Oslo Opera House

Contact: Elisabet Skylare

Nordisk Film & TV Fond

Petri Kemppinen
+ 358 40 562 8140

Nordic Council of Ministers

Senior Adviser/Communication
Elisabet Skylare
+45 21 71 71 27