THE COUNTY: Icelandic Activism
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About the Event
THE COUNTY (Héraðið). Iceland, 2019, Directed by Grímur Hákonarson, 92 mins. Virtual Tickets are $10. for 72 hours of viewing. WATCH TRAILER & FILM: https://watch.eventive.org/thecounty/play/6086d4f5eede7500307dd5a9
Inga, a resourceful dairy farmer rebels against an all powerful local Cooperative. She tries to get other farmers to join her in rising up against the Co-op’s corruption encountering great resistance, forcing her to confront the community’s dependence and loyalty to this single, dominant enterprise. Cinematographer Mart Taniel captures Iceland’s famously stunning countryside, lending a lush pictorial grandeur to The County’s social realist ethos, recalling the best of Ken Loach. The County cuts deep, putting a human face on an all-too-likely conflict, along with suspense, charm, and a touch of dry, idiosyncratic Nordic humor.
"After the death of her dairy farmer husband, a middle-aged woman courageously sacrifices her livelihood to speak out against the corruption and injustice at work in her community in the audience-pleasing, humanist drama: THE COUNTY. Like writer-director Grímur Hákonarson’s previous oscar-nominated film “Rams,” it probes a deeply rooted rural culture that is closely connected to the Icelandic national spirit, while championing traditional Icelandic values over the exploitive underside of capitalism. The yin to that film’s yang, “The County” is full of feisty female energy and imagery, and sprinkled with rousing “you go girl!” comic moments. Niche arthouse play is a given for this appealing and endearingly modest tale." -Variety