Of Horses and Men

September 23, 20148:30pm

This subversively erotic and surreal black comedy-drama combines six interlocking fables of rural life each including a powerful portrayal of human-equine relations (the original Icelandic title is ‘Horse in Us’). Shot beautifully in the great Icelandic outdoors, it depicts a world of violent emotions set against a cinematic love letter to the horse accompanied by an excellent score from David Thor Jonsson.

It was Iceland’s submission for the 2014 Foreign Language Film Oscar. It is highly recommended by the committee members who saw it at the BFI screening weekend for film societies. Director Benedikt Erlingsson is an actor-turned-film-maker – he performed in a von Trier film, The Boss of it all, and brings something of the great man’s style to the film. Lead actor Sigurosson is one of Iceland’s foremost stars.

“A hugely enjoyable film from the wild side of the wild side … it really resembles nothing else around.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian”

‘Last of the Summer Wine’ as directed by Ingmar Bergman … the viewpoint may be unfamiliar, but the sights are unforgettable.” Robbie Collin, The Telegraph.


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Film Information
Release year: 2013
Running time:   81 mins
Directed by: Benedikt Erlingsson
Language: Icelandic (English subtitles)
Country: Iceland
Classification:
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Starring: Ingvar Eggert Sigurosson,
Charlotte Boving
Awards: Tokyo International Film Festival Best Director,
Audience Award Goteborg Film Festival
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