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Of Horses and Men
February 2021

"Vividly shot, this is a strange and seductive portmanteau of Icelandic tales."-David Parkinson, Empire

- David Parkinson, Empire

Of Horses and Men
February 2021

"Of Horses and Men is like an animal documentary, but about people."-Nicolas Rapold, NY Times

- Nicolas Rapold, NY Times

Of Horses and Men
February 2021

"Of Horses and Men is like an animal documentary, but about people."-Nicolas Rapold, NY Times

- Nicolas Rapold, NY Times

Of Horses and Men

Of Horses and Men

Date: February 7, 2021

Location: Virtual


Of Horses and Men (Icelandic: Hross í oss) is a 2013 Icelandic drama film written and directed by Benedikt Erlingsson and produced by fellow director Friðrik Þór Friðriksson. The film was selected as the Icelandic entry for the Best Foreign Language Filmat the 86th Academy Awards. The film won the 2014 Nordic Council Film Prize. 

Our third film, Of Horses and Men (Benedikt Erlingsson, 2013) is available to view online through a number of platforms:

Kanopy (free via Grand Rapids Public Library)
Hoopla (free via Kent District Library)
...it is also available as a paid rental through many other streaming services.


Video Commentary for of Horses and Men

Film Introduction/Moderator: Anal Shah

Film Introduction/Moderator: Anal Shah (with special guest Thorbjorg Jonsdottir)

Film Intro / Commentary Video: https://business.facebook.com/chiaroscurograndrapids/videos/417687505976942/

 

Reviews:

Related Film Recommendations:

  • Rams (Grímur Hákonarson, 2015)  Another example of an Icelandic film that explores the relationship between humans and their animals. In this case, with sheep. The film won Un Certain Regard section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
  • Au Hasard Balthazar (Robert Bresson, 1966)  A portrait of a mule named Balthazar, this masterpiece of French cinema is great example of a film where an animal is not only a mute witness to human cruelty, but arguably in a biblical sense lends itself in sacrifice.
  • The Last Autumn (Yrsa Roca Fannberg, 2019)  Another beautifully cinematic example of an Icelandic film, in this case a documentary that records the tending of livestock in a nearly inhospitable, yet stunning Icelandic landscape.
  • Also related/recommended is the cinema of Swedish director Roy Andersson and Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki for their deadpan, self-deprecating humor, quirky characters where humor and tragedy traverse a fine line between each other.

 

More about Chiaroscuro's 15th Season

2021 Series Theme: Greatest Hits-A Virtual Voyage through the Past

Due to Covid19, Chiaroscuro is going virtual!  We embrace this opportunity to celebrate 15 years of exceptional international cinema and cultural exchange.

We've selected five popular films from our archives, if you didn't see them the first time around, now is your chance.  If you did see them, you know how good they and are likely ready to experience them again!

All films are available for viewing online.  We look forward to each presenter's video introduction and commentary about the films, made available on the website, and lively online discussion with our engaging patrons every other Sunday via social media.  In this unusual time, one thing remains the same for fifteen years straight:  the 2021 series presents an award-winning roster of five celebrated films from around the world. 

 

 

 


Reviews

"Vividly shot, this is a strange and seductive portmanteau of Icelandic tales."-David Parkinson, Empire

- David Parkinson, Empire

"Of Horses and Men is like an animal documentary, but about people."-Nicolas Rapold, NY Times

- Nicolas Rapold, NY Times

Of Horses and Men Official Trailer

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