This time of year can be a common tie to hear rumors about American remakes of foreign language contenders. After all, these films are often very high-quality stories that can be mined for IP. The most recent film to join this discussion is “Woman at War” the Icelandic submission to Oscar. The story won a screenplay prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and drew a rave review from me earlier this year. Now, Jodie Foster will adapt the film as her next project as an actor and director.
The story of “Woman War” comes from Benedikt Erlingsson and tells the story of a woman fighting for the environment of Iceland. Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir) has reached a breaking point. The local government lets aluminum threaten the local beauty of Iceland. At the same time, her long goal of adopting a child seems lost. She chooses to take action, destroying the towers in the countryside. However, as she ramps up her campaign, she receives word that she may be able to adopt a young girl from Ukraine. She must now choose between her mission and her desire to become a mother to a young girl.
The screenplay really shines, and Erlingsson makes the eco-terrorist comedy brim to life. It is a relevant tale on the global state of climate change. It is also showcases gorgeous cinematography and goofy hijinks (the way the score is incorporated is quite fun). Foster is the perfect actress to take on the role and makes a lot of sense for her as a director. Her previous credits, including “The Beaver” and “Little Man Tate” are focused on the struggles of parenthood. “Money Monster” handled the current political frustrations of the working class. Combining a political film with questions about what it means to be a parent could be something special from Foster.