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Of Horses and Men

By : Benedikt Erlingsson

With : Helgi Björnsson, Charlotte Bøving, Sigríður María Egilsdóttir

Country/Year : Iceland, Germany, 2013

Duration : 81'

Language/Age : Icelandic, Swedish and English with English subt.

Genre : Comedy

In the presence of :
Fridrik Thor Fridriksson

Screenings :

Wednesday 05 March 2014, 21h00

Friday 07 March 2014, 19h00

Venues :

Cinémathèque (public)

Utopia (public)

Synopsis :

Kolbeinn loves Solveig and Solveig loves Kolbeinn. But Kolbeinn is also in love with the mare Grána. When Solveig's stallion Brúnn appears on the scene as an exceedingly virile rival, this love story is doomed to take a bitter end ... Rural Icelandic dramas are interconnected in five episodes that centre on Iceland horses.

Director Benedikt Erlingsson: “It is a film about the horse in the man and the man in the horse. I hope that the English title, 'Of Horses and Men', gives the viewer the right point of view. The word that is missing, 'stories', is the key. And of course it must be said that here in the north, women are also men.It is important to state that no horses were hurt in the making of this film. It says so at the end of the credits, and it is absolutely true. The entire cast and crew are horse owners and horse lovers. We might as well have been working with our children. I must admit, however, that there were some human actors that were traumatized during the shooting of the film, but I happen to know that they were still alive when this was written.”

Director :

Benedikt Erlingsson was born May 31th, 1969. He is one of the most successful stage directors of the last decade in Iceland, and has several times been awarded for his work as a director and author as well as an actor. He became famous as an actor in the TV series, Fostbrædur “(Blood Brothers), which won numerous Edda awards (Icelandic film and TV awards). He has also acted in a number of films such as Lars von Trier’s The Boss of It All,He directed two short films, Thanks(2007) andThe Nail(2008).

In the presence of the producer Fridrik Thor Fridriksson

Filmographie :

  • The nail / Le clou, 2008
  • Thanks, 2007
  • The boss it all, 2006
  • Tears of stone, 1996 

Infos :


  • Best New Director, San Sebastian International Film Festival, 2013
  • Best Director Award, Tokyo International Film Festival 2013
  • The Grand Jury Prize & Best Music, European Film Festival Les Arcs, 2013
  • Best Actress, Amiens International Film Festival, 2013
  • Prix Tridens & Prix FIPRESCI, Festival du film Nuits noires de Tallinn, 2013

Critics :

“Flabbergasting images and a delightfully dry sense of humor make 'Of Horses and Men' a debut worthy of celebration.”
Jay Weissberg,, October 2013

“Some of the scenes are staggeringly explicit and entirely extraordinary: it is not every film that really does show you things that you have never seen before.”, September 2013


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