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The County
Director: Grímur Hákonarson
Cast: Arndís Hrönn Egilsdóttir, Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson, Þorsteinn Bachmann
2019 | 92 min | Comedy, Drama | Iceland, Denmark, Germany, France | Icelandic with English subtitles

Writer/director Grímur Hákonarson’s eagerly-anticipated follow up to the worldwide hit Rams is a rousing, David-and-Goliath comedy about a farmer’s wife who steps up to take on the corrupt local co-op in her remote Icelandic valley.

Dairy farmers Inga (Arndís Hrönn Egilsdóttir) and her husband Reynir (Hinrik Ólafsson), love each other deeply, but are trapped – they’re in debt, they’re working 24/7 and haven’t had a vacation in years. Inga has always been frustrated by the unquestioned commitment Reynir has to the local co-operative, unable to see the logic in them holding a monopoly over the milk they produce (and the cost of their groceries and supplies).

So after disaster strikes, the plucky Inga decides to shine a light on the organisation’s exploitative practices. Unfortunately, everyone else in the community is dependent on its economic heft, and Inga’s quest soon makes her the target of a ruthless adversary.

Reminiscent of underdog fables such as Woman At War and Three Billboards, and driven by Egilsdóttir’s feisty performance, Hákonarson’s humanistic and charming film is a winning mix of Icelandic gruffness and wry humour.

An audience-pleasing, humanist drama… Full of feisty female energy rousing comic moments.
New Zealand International Film Festival 2020
Toronto International Film Festival 2019
Icelandic Academy Awards 2020 (Edda Awards) incl. Director of the Year