Archive of films Of Horses and Men / Hross í oss
Iceland / Norway / Germany
2013, 81 min
Section: Another View
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.
About the film
|Dir. of Photography:||Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson|
|Music:||Davíd Thór Jónsson|
|Editor:||David Alexander Corno|
|Producer:||Fridrik Thór Fridriksson|
|Cast:||Ingvar E. Sigurdsson, Charlotte Bøving, Steinn Ármann Magnússon|
|Contact:||Icelandic Film Centre, Film Europe s.r.o.|
|Distributor:||Film Europe s.r.o.|
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