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Of Horses and Men

Hross í oss

Iceland | 2013 | 81 minutes | Benedikt Erlingsson

The relationship between man and beast is shown against stunning Icelandic landscapes in this offbeat comedy and North Country romance. The debut feature by celebrated stage director Benedikt Erlingsson is a symbiosis between horses, humans, and nature.

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Icelandic theater director Benedikt Erlingsson makes a noteworthy debut with this seductively strange movie. Of Horses and Men takes us through a collection of interlinked short fables about the inhabitants of an isolated farming valley, their relationships with their horses, and with each other. Matters of love, jealousy, rivalry, and solidarity unfold against the gorgeous backdrop of Iceland’s volcanic landscapes. Each plot centers on a horse and begins with a close-up on the creature, paying a unique cinematic tribute to the animal’s elegance. We then meet each owner through a reflection in their eye, showing us both the humanity of the horse and the animality of the human. In all these stories, wryness generally prevails, and even in the lightest-hearted sequences, hardship and tragedy often loom. With its deadpan black humor and memorable imagery, Iceland’s Oscar® submission is what we consider an odd little jewel.

Director Biography

Benedikt Erlingsson is an Icelandic stage director, author and actor. His solo performance plays "Wormstongue-A Love Story" and "Mr. Skallagrímsson" both ran non-stop for six years. His first short film "Thanks" (2008) received the Jury Prize and Audience Award at BeFilm: The Underground Film Festival in New York. Of Horses and Men is Erlingsson's first feature-length film.

Sponsored by Seattle-Reykjavik Sister City Association, E. & J. Gallo Winery, The Stranger

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A unique and moving portrait of Iceland's people, horses, and stunning landscape.

Director: Benedikt Erlingsson
Principal Cast: Ingvar E.Sigurdsson, Charlotte Bøving, Steinn Armann Magnusson, Helgi Björnsson, Atli Rafn Sigurdarson
Country: Iceland, Norway, Germany
Year: 2013
Running Time: 81 minutes
Producer: Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Christoph Thoke
Screenplay: Benedikt Erlingsson
Cinematographers: Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson
Editors: David Alexander Corno
Music: David Thor Jonsson
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Göteborg International Film Festival (Best Nordic Film Audience Award, FIPRESCI Prize), San Sebastian Film Festival 2013 (New Directors Prize), Official Oscar Submission 2013 (Foreign Language Film), Tallin Black Nights Film Festival 2013 (FIPRESCI Prize, Best Film, Cinematographer), Tokyo Film Festival 2013 (Best Director)
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: Icelandic
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: Icelandic Film Centre
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