The eagerly anticipated new film from the award-winning director of ‘Rams’, THE COUNTY tells the story of a middle-aged widow in rural Iceland who’s forced to rise up against corruption and injustice in her community.
The County

Héraðið
Director: Grímur Hákonarson
Cast: Arndís Hrönn Egilsdóttir, Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson
Duration: tbc
Country of Origin: Iceland

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★★★★
“Stirring. This is a film about the clash of old and new, but there’s something else, too. Egilsdóttir’s excellent performance as Inga shows us a principled woman, rejuvenated by her battle against corruption: a woman who is thrilled, not just by the principled confrontation with these local bullies but the prospect of just being rid of everything.”
Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN

★★★★
“Like Rams, THE COUNTY blends elements of heartfelt tragedy with absurdist comedy, conjuring a humanist portrait of life in which community and loneliness coexist in a landscape of contradictions – geographical, personal, and political. Carrying the film shoulder high, Egilsdóttir does a terrific job of embodying Inga’s gradual change from stoically suffering farm owner to unstoppable force of nature, a change that catches everyone, friends and foe alike, by surprise. There’s an echo of Frances McDormand’s middle-aged antiheroine from Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri in the rebellious figure Inga becomes, although anyone who enjoyed Benedikt Erlingsson’s 2018 Icelandic hit Woman at War may see closer ties with that film’s eco-warrior. The drama may be down to earth, but that doesn’t stop the film – or indeed its protagonist – from dreaming big, and daring to look beyond the horizon.”
Mark Kermode, THE OBSERVER

★★★★
“If THE COUNTY was just a beautifully judged account of one woman drawing a line in the snow, that much would be welcome. But there is more to chew on here – the logic of globalism, the lure of protectionism.”
Danny Leigh, THE FINANCIAL TIMES

“There’s a good deal of pleasure to be taken from this rousing and naturalistic underdog tale. Egilsdóttir’s excellent performance is reminiscent of the pit-bull like determination of Frances McDormand’s character in Three Billboards. It’s impossible not to feel Inga’s anger and hurt.”
Joseph Walsh, THE ARTS DESK

★★★★
“Rousing. A quietly gripping study of moral courage. Beneath the superficial stillness – no one moves very fast in this windswept world – there’s a burning sense of injustice at work, and a lovely streak of bone-dry humour too.”
Phil de Semelyn, TIME OUT LONDON

★★★★
“This western-tinged, visceral Icelandic drama deserves as large an audience as possible. Hákonarson balances absurdity with a serious portrayal of provincial corruption, offering a portrait of capitalism as a system that clothes itself in the garments of paternalist protection and stability, while funnelling power upwards and away from the people who are actually responsible for production.”
Christopher Machell, CINEVUE

★★★★
“Hakonarson vividly captures local life while exploring bigger ideas – a time in history when justice feels elusive. Egilsdóttir has a serene dignity on-screen, an immovable force underestimated by everyone around her.”
Rich Cline, SHADOWS ON THE WALL

CLOSING NIGHT SELECTION – 2020 NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2019 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Following the internationally celebrated, multi award-winning Rams, writer/director Grímur Hákonarson’s second feature THE COUNTY tells the story of a middle-aged widow in rural Iceland who must stand on her own two feet.

After Inga (Arndís Hrönn Egilsdóttir) loses her dairy farmer husband in an accident, she must find a way to become self-sufficient. She decides to start a new life on her own terms and rises up against corruption and injustice in her community.

MORE…
“Lights! Camera! Tractor!: Getting Real With Award-Winning Filmmaker Grímur Hákonarson” – The Reykjavík Grapevine (16/08/19)

NEW ZEALAND PREMIERE SCREENINGS
New Zealand International Film Festival
2-8 August, 2020
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