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Acclaimed Icelandic horse film to screen in NZ

The award-winning Icelandic movie, Of Horses and Men, will screen in New Zealand as part of the NZ International Film Festival.

In the swim in Hross Í Oss.

In the swim in Hross Í Oss.

The film by Benedikt Erlingsson recently collected the top Golden Iris Award at the Brussels Film Festival.

The film portrays Icelandic horses and the tough men and women who share their lives with them.

Writer and director Erlingsson is one of the most talented theatre directors to come out of Iceland. He has won many awards, and his productions during the past decade have enjoyed exceptionally long runs, with almost every performance being sold out.

The idea of the movie, he said, was to show the beauty of the union of man and animal, as well as to present the peculiar and the ludicrous.

A scene from Hross Í Oss.

A scene from Hross Í Oss.

The story delivers what Elingsson calls a “rainbow of conflicts”, involving death, happiness and sorrow.

“This subject is dear to me. I have ridden horses since I was very young, and I have always been fascinated by this exquisite animal and its partnership with humankind in a wild and rugged country.”

The movie will screen only in Auckland, in July. The screenings can be found here.

 

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