The County
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The County

August 1–31

This event occurred as part of the 21/22 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

A widowed dairy farmer takes on the paternalistic powers foolish enough to test her in this David vs Goliath Icelandic drama.

21/22 Hop Film

THE COUNTY Trailer | TIFF 2019

After the global success of his Cannes winner Rams, director Grímur Hákonarson returns to his native Iceland with another humanist farmland fable. Bitterly funny and deeply affecting, The County plays out a timely political allegory against a jaw-dropping natural landscape, aided by a brainy, tenacious anti-heroine and Hákonarson's dry Nordic humor. When we first meet Inga (a brilliant Arndís Hrönn Egilsdóttir, in a star-making performance), she is in the middle of another back-breaking day of work on the small, nearly bankrupt dairy farm she shares with her husband, Reynir. When Reynir dies under suspicious circumstances, Inga takes on the thankless task of ruining her life in order to rescue her community. The County cuts deep, putting a human face on an all-too-likely conflict, along with suspense, charm and a touch of Scandinavian zaniness. D: Grímur Hákonarson, Iceland, subtitled, 2019, 1h32m

"Audience-pleasing and endearingly modest. The County is filled with feisty female energy and imagery, sprinkled with rousing 'you go girl!' comic moments."

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