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(Iceland/Denmark/2019—directed by Grímur Hákonarson)
After the global success of his Cannes prizewinner winner Rams, Icelandic director Grímur Hákonarson returns to his homeland with another sly, humanist fable. Set in a small Icelandic farming community, The County tells the story of Inga (the amazing Arndís Hrönn Egilsdóttir in a star-making performance), a middle-aged dairy farmer who’s fed up with the area’s all-powerful local cooperative.
Inga tries to convince her neighbors to join her in rising up against their corrupt overlords, but the resistance she encounters forces her to turn her anger on the community’s dependent loyalty to this monopolistic, dominant enterprise. Before long, Inga’s public stance makes her a pariah, whereupon The County’s ingenious, darkly funny, deeply involving tightrope walk takes shape: how will Inga persuade her dispirited community to back her up, while retaining a semblance of sanity?
Will her outrageous stunts succeed in dismantling the local milk mafia, or simply get her locked up – or worse? Bitterly funny and affecting with charm to spare, The County reveals itself as a smart, timely political allegory set ironically against the grandeur of a spectacular Nordic landscape. In Icelandic with English subtitles. (92 minutes)
"Pitched somewhere between a personal drama, a bone-dry black comedy and a sociopolitical thriller." - Mark Kermode, The Guardian (UK)
“An appealing and endearingly modest tale, full of female energy and rousing comic moments. The County probes a deeply rooted rural culture that is closely connected to the national spirit, while championing traditional Icelandic values over the exploitive underside of capitalism.” -Alissa Simon, Variety
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