"First Blood in Landmanalaugar", by François Reumont for the AFC

Interview with director of photography Bergsteinn Bjorgulfsson, IKS, about "Wowan at War", by Benedikt Erlingsson

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Engaged in a fierce battle against the industrialization of his beloved island, Halla, with his bow and arrows and his sticks of dynamite, could be compared to John Rambo (First Blood) in her mastery of guerrilla warfare against the system… With the exception of only one thing, however : she is an elegant chorus director from Reykjavik and her combat fatigues is his traditional Icelandic wool jumper.

A beam of sunlight (and light loss) from the land of fire and ice, the President of the Icelandic Society of Cinematographers (IKS) shares with us the secrets of this loveably crazy movie that received a warm welcome from audiences at Cannes.

Middle-aged Halla has declared war on the local aluminium industry, which is disfiguring his country. She is willing to go to any length to protect the Highlands of Iceland… But the situation could change with the unexpected arrival of a little orphan girl in her life…