‘Of Horses and Men’ Wins the Nordic Council Film Prize

 The Nordic Council Film Prize for 2014 has been awarded to Of Horses and Men director and screenwriter Benedikt Erlingsson and producer Fridrik Thor Fridriksson at a ceremony in Stockholm. They received DDK350,000 in Stockholm City Hall, presented by last years winner Sisse Graum Jørgensen.

Of Horses and Men, a strikingly original film with its roots in the laconic humour of the Icelandic saga tradition, deals with the strong bonds connecting humankind and nature. At the heart of the film’s interconnected tales is humankind’s eternal attempts to control nature and pathetic failure to do so, often with disastrous consequences.

“The director demonstrates a profound understanding of the primal side of both horses and humans. Using the animal’s point of view to depict tragicomic human behaviour endows Of Horses and Men with a distinctive lyricism as well as a darkly comic tone.

“Director Benedikt Erlingsson combines powerful visuals, editing and music in a way that makes the film itself stand out as a force of nature.”

Read more at the Nordisk Film and TV Fund

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.