Icelandic Drama 'Of Horses and Men' Wins Nordic Council Film Prize

Icelandic Film Centre
'Of Horses and Men'

Benedikt Erlingsson's feature beat out Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac' and Swedish avalanche film 'Force Majeure'

Of Horses and Men, the Icelandic drama from first-time director Benedikt Erlingsson, has won this year's Nordic Council Film Prize, beating out Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac, Norwegian feature Blind, Swedish avalanche drama Force Majeure and Finnish feature Concrete Night to take Scandinavia's top cinema honor.

This is the first time an Icelandic film has won the Nordic Council prize, which comes with a cash bursary of around $60,000.

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Of Horses and Men is a strikingly original film with its roots in the laconic humor of the Icelandic saga tradition,” the Nordic Council jury said in its decision. “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 behavior endows Of Horses and Men with a distinctive lyricism as well as a darkly comic tone.”

The drama has been a festival and critical hit, sweeping Iceland's Edda Awards, the local equivalent to the Oscars, and snatching prizes at festivals from Tallinn's Black Nights to San Sebastian to the Tokyo International Film Festival.

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