One of the best movies of 2018, this strikingly original and immensely entertaining second narrative feature by Icelandic filmmaker Benedikt Erlingsson (Of Horses and Men) transcends genre: it’s a high-spirited cocktail of rugged adventure, political satire, environmental advocacy, and family saga, with a garnish of screwball comedy. Set during Iceland’s 2008-2011 financial crisis, the movie is powered by Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir’s athletic performance as the Mountain Woman, an eco-warrior determined to sabotage Chinese investment in heavy industry that could jump-start her country’s economy but would pollute its air and landscape. (In a dual role, the actress also plays Mountain Woman’s twin sister, a New Age-y yoga instructor). As the activist’s mission to galvanize her fellow citizens nears completion, she learns her application to adopt a Ukrainian orphan has finally been approved; with the clock ticking, she starts making dangerous errors. Erlingsson spices the dramatic tension with disarming oddball touches like a trio of female Ukrainian folk singers who act as a kind of Greek chorus; the three-man orchestra that follows the lead on her journeys, occasionally breaking the fourth wall with deadpan looks at the audience; and a sad sack Hispanic tourist with a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. In Icelandic, Ukrainian, and Spanish with subtitles.