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NZIFF - The County


Fri 31 Jul 2020, 2:00pm–3:30pm
Sun 2 Aug 2020, 6:00pm–7:30pm

Where: MTG Century Theatre, 9 Herschell Street, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: M

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission (Adult): $18.94 ($17.50 + $1.44 fees)
  • Friends of MTG / Senior Citizen: $13.33 ($13.00 + $0.33 fees)
  • Student / Nurses / Community Services Card: $16.38 ($15.00 + $1.38 fees)
  • Child (15 years & under): $12.30 ($12.00 + $0.30 fees)
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Listed by: MTG Hawkes Bay

It is predictably Nordic that a film portraying the struggle for justice against a mafia-like co-operative in a windblown Icelandic hamlet, where the elements have etched the passage of time into the handsome but weathered faces of both Inga and her husband Reynir much as the rugged terrain they call a farm, would be described as a comedy.

What’s more, the story kicks off with the unexpected death of Reynir as his truck rolls into a ravine – the catalyst for Inga’s grizzled yet fiercely entertaining crusade for the future of her fellow farmers in a remote valley in Iceland. Arndís Hrönn Egilsdóttir is tremendous as the grieving widow who suspects more was at play to her husband’s passing than the natural hardships of agricultural life. Uncovering a trail of bullying and anti-competitive behaviour by the farming co-op and its disarmingly corrupt CEO, she sets out to level the playing field – mansplaining and mudslinging be damned.

Somehow Grímur Hákonarson – director of the wryly observed Rams (NZIFF15) – manages with his deft touch and a heart as big as a tractor to find a tone that smoothly melds trademark Icelandic gruffness with a good dose of Erin Brockovich in gumboots. — Marten Rabarts

“In his deadpan 2015 feature Rams… Grímur Hákonarson breathed bittersweet life into a tale of feuding sheep-farming brothers facing a cull that risked destroying their ancestral stock and way of life. Here, he peels back another layer of dour Nordic culture, turning his attention to a woman finding her voice amid the often chilly silence of agrarian life, making her mark in a male-dominated industry… 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.” — Mark Kermode, The Guardian

Director/Screenplay: Grímur Hákonarson
Producer: Grímar Jónsson

In Icelandic with English subtitles
90 minutes/CinemaScope
Censors rating M Offensive language

Tickets are available online through Eventfinda and from the front desk at MTG. Door sales will also be available at the MTG Century Theatre one hour prior to the screening.

Presented by: New Zealand International Film Festival.

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