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Of Horses and Men

Of Horses and Men

“Spellbinding!" - Stephen Holden, The New York Times

Of Horses and Men

About the Film

An inventive take on the symbiotic relationship between man and animal, Of Horses and Men is a darkly comic collection of vignettes set in a provincial Icelandic village. Against a breathtaking seaside landscape, a cast of hot-blooded characters struggle to connect with nature and each other. Among them, a pair of wistful human lovers are thwarted by equine libidos, sparking their tentative courtship into action; a determined alcoholic gets his last ride at sea from a surprisingly seaworthy companion; and an adventurous tourist sets off for a leisurely ride on horseback that spirals into a quest for survival.  The lines between species blur seamlessly throughout these memorable tales, reflecting love, death and the quirks of human and beast alike.  An ode the majestic beauty of horses, lauded stage director Benedikt Erlingsson’s film debut captures the passions and idiosyncrasies of a close-knit community and the primal desires hidden within all of us.
Director: Benedikt Erlingsson

Reactions

“Spellbinding. Extraordinary scenes of equestrians and high-strung animals interacting in the stunningly beautiful Icelandic countryside.” - Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“A wondrously strange affair, full of beautiful imagery of Icelandic horses set against rugged, frozen backdrops.” - Geoffrey Macnab, Independent

“The best Icelandic Noir equine comedy I have ever seen." - Kate Muir, Times (UK)

“A remarkable big screen debut…absorbing and intriguing.” - Mark Adams, Screen International

4 stars! “Glorious…spectacular…tender, delicate and funny. An incredible film.” - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

4 stars! “Inventive, offbeat and at times Jaw-dropping.” - David Parkinson, Empire

4 stars! “A heart-swelling and frostily beautiful debut….seductively strange. a dream come true for horse-lovers” - Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

4 stars! “Wonderful.” - Jamie Graham, Total Film

4 stars! “Hysterically funny.” - Emma Simmonds, Little White Lies

Awards & Festivals

• Winner! San Sebastián International Film Festival 2013 Kuntxa Award - Best New Director, Benedikt Erlingsson

• Winner! Tokyo International Film Festival 2013 – Best Director, Benedikt Erlingsson

• Winner! 6 Edda Awards, Iceland 2014 – including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actor

• Official Submission for Iceland, Academy Awards® 2014– Best Foreign Language Film

• San Francisco International Film Festival 2014 Nominee - New Directors Prize, Benedikt Erlingsson

Cast & Crew

Cast

Ignvar E. Sigurdsson
Charlotte Boving
Steinn Armann Magnusson
Helgi Bjoernsson
Kristbjorg Kjeld
Sigridur Maria Egilsdottir
Juan Camillo
Roman Estrada

Crew

Director: Benedikt Erlingsson
Writer: Benedikt Erlingsson
Producer: Fridrik Thor Fridriksson
Co-producers: Christoph Toke, Egil Odegard
Director of Photography: Bergsteinn Bjorgulfsson
Original Music: Thor Jonsson
Costume Designer: Charlotte David

Technical Info

Production Year: 2013
Countries of Production: Germany, Iceland
Languages: English, Spanish, Swedish, Russian, Icelandic
Running Time: 1h 20m
Screen Ratio: 2.35:1
Sound: Dolby Digital
Color: Yes

Theaters

New York
New York
3/11/15
Charleston
South Carolina
3/20/15
Bellingham
Washington
4/3/15
Grand Rapids
Michigan
4/3/15
Seattle
Washington
4/10/15
State College
Pennsylvania
4/10/15
Lake Worth
Florida
4/24/15
Santa Fe
New Mexico
5/1/15
5/8/15
Tallahassee
Florida
5/15/15
Taos
New Mexico
5/22/15

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Awards & Festivals

• Winner! San Sebastián International Film Festival 2013 Kuntxa Award - Best New Director, Benedikt Erlingsson

• Winner! Tokyo International Film Festival 2013 – Best Director, Benedikt Erlingsson

• Winner! 6 Edda Awards, Iceland 2014 – including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actor

• Official Submission for Iceland, Academy Awards® 2014– Best Foreign Language Film

• San Francisco International Film Festival 2014 Nominee - New Directors Prize, Benedikt Erlingsson

Reactions

“Spellbinding. Extraordinary scenes of equestrians and high-strung animals interacting in the stunningly beautiful Icelandic countryside.” - Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“A wondrously strange affair, full of beautiful imagery of Icelandic horses set against rugged, frozen backdrops.” - Geoffrey Macnab, Independent

“The best Icelandic Noir equine comedy I have ever seen." - Kate Muir, Times (UK)

“A remarkable big screen debut…absorbing and intriguing.” - Mark Adams, Screen International

4 stars! “Glorious…spectacular…tender, delicate and funny. An incredible film.” - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

4 stars! “Inventive, offbeat and at times Jaw-dropping.” - David Parkinson, Empire

4 stars! “A heart-swelling and frostily beautiful debut….seductively strange. a dream come true for horse-lovers” - Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

4 stars! “Wonderful.” - Jamie Graham, Total Film

4 stars! “Hysterically funny.” - Emma Simmonds, Little White Lies

Detailed Film Info

An inventive take on the symbiotic relationship between man and animal, Of Horses and Men is a darkly comic collection of vignettes set in a provincial Icelandic village. Against a breathtaking seaside landscape, a cast of hot-blooded characters struggle to connect with nature and each other. Among them, a pair of wistful human lovers are thwarted by equine libidos, sparking their tentative courtship into action; a determined alcoholic gets his last ride at sea from a surprisingly seaworthy companion; and an adventurous tourist sets off for a leisurely ride on horseback that spirals into a quest for survival.  The lines between species blur seamlessly throughout these memorable tales, reflecting love, death and the quirks of human and beast alike.  An ode the majestic beauty of horses, lauded stage director Benedikt Erlingsson’s film debut captures the passions and idiosyncrasies of a close-knit community and the primal desires hidden within all of us.

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