Catch an exclusive sneak peek of films chosen by the Nordic countries to compete for the Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film for 2013, by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Directed by Benedikt Erlingsson (Iceland, 2013). Set in a quirky horse-riding community in the Icelandic countryside, Of Horses and Men conveys the powerful and transcendent bond between horse and man; its theme is that classic story of the fight between man and nature and the efforts of humans to harness the animalistic powers of nature for their own gain – or downfall.

Erlingsson’s boldly distinctive direction reveals an inventive eye and sensitivity to the confluence of spirit between man and animal, a balancing desire and jealousy with the cycles of life.

80 min.| In Icelandic, Swedish, and Spanish with English subtitles.


About the director

Benedikt Erlingsson (b. 1969) is one of Iceland’s most successful stage directors in the last decade. He has received several Grima Awards for his work as a director, author, and actor, and the winner of numerous Edda Awards. He is well known in Iceland for his acting in the TV series Blood Brothers/Fostbrædur (1997-99), and has also acted in a number of feature films, including Lars von Trier’s The Boss of It All/Direktøren for det hele(Denmark, 2006).

Erlingsson has directed two short films: Thanks (2007), which received the Jury Prize and Audience Award at the BE-Film Festival in New York in 2008, and The Nail (2008), which received a Special Mention at the International Short Film Festival Clermont Ferrand in 2008.

Of Horses and Men is Erlingsson’s feature film debut, and for it he was awarded the Kutxa-New Directors Awards at the San Sebastian International Film Festival (2013).



Photo by Jonathan B. Ragle

WED – 1-22-2014 – 7:00 PM
$10 ($7 ASF Members)
*This screening is for Academy Members and ASF Members and their guests only