Archive of films Of Horses and Men / Hross í oss

Iceland / Norway / Germany
2013, 81 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2014

This bizarre award-winning comedy offers a whacky take on the coexistence of horse and man, as seen through the eyes of the former. A tale of love, death, taming, and jealousy delivered with razor-sharp humour and visual invention.


"The man loves the woman and the woman loves the man, but the man is in love with his most prized possession, the mare, and the mare is obsessed with the stallion. In a remote valley in Iceland, where neighbours follow each other closely, the couple’s first official visit is keenly monitored. Spring is coming and, with it, the dangerous force of nature. This cannot end well.” The filmmakers’ synopsis is delivered with a piquant pen, which not only conveys their desire to tell an off-beat story but also betrays their quirky vision of the world and irresistible sense of humour. The most fascinating debut to come out last autumn, the film offers a – to put it mildly – fresh take on the coexistence of horse and man, here seen through the eyes of the former. Both creatures are impacted by the processes of love, death, taming, and jealousy, all of which Erlingsson and his companions describe with a formidable visual ingenuity verging on audacity, which relentlessly attacks our deep-seated notions of the relationship between man and nature.

About the director

Benedikt Erlingsson (b. 1969), award-winning author and actor, is one of Iceland’s most highly regarded stage directors of the last decade. In his native country he is best known for writing and acting in the TV comedy series "Blood Brothers.” He is also familiar from Lars von Trier’s The Boss of It All (2006). After making acclaimed short films he turned out his feature film debut Of Horses and Men, which he has added to an ever-expanding, extremely colourful festival career. Awards: Best Film in the New Directors competition (San Sebastian), Best Director (Tokyo), Grand Jury Prize (Les Arcs), Best Feature Debut (Tallinn), Audience Award (Tormsø) and many others.


Icelandic Film Centre
Hverfisgata 54, 101, Reykjavik
Tel: +354 562 3580
Fax: +354 562 7171

Film Europe s.r.o.
V Jámě 1, 110 00, Praha 1
Czech Republic

About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Another View
Director: Benedikt Erlingsson
Screenplay: Benedikt Erlingsson
Dir. of Photography: Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson
Music: Davíd Thór Jónsson
Editor: David Alexander Corno
Producer: Fridrik Thór Fridriksson
Production: Hrossabrestur
Coproduction: Mogador Film
Cast: Ingvar E. Sigurdsson, Charlotte Bøving, Steinn Ármann Magnússon
Contact: Icelandic Film Centre, Film Europe s.r.o.
Distributor: Film Europe s.r.o.


Benedikt Erlingsson

Film Director

Christof Wehmeier

Film Institution Rep.


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