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The Nordic Council Film Prize 2014 has been awarded to the Icelandic director and screenwriter Benedikt Erlingsson and producer Fridrik Thor Fridriksson for Of Horses and Men at a ceremony in Stockholm. Benedikt Erlingsson (in the picture) visited the HIFF this year when all the nominees for the prize were presented at the festival.

Last year’s winner, Sisse Graum Jørgensen, presented the DKK 350,000 prize in Stockholm City Hall and read the adjudication committee’s motivation “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.”