Today, the Icelandic Film and TV Academy announced that the film Of Horses and Men has been selected as Iceland’s entry for the 2014 Best Foreign Language Oscar.
The film was elected electronically by members of the Icelandic Film and TV Academy, according to the Academy’s statement.
Of Horses and Men, by director Benedikt Erlingsson, is a country romance about the human streak in the horse and the horse in the human, an ensemble film that tells stories of love and death. The struggles in the life of men and horses are often shown from the horses’ point of view and in the end all is tied together in the annual autumn round-up of the horses, as described in a press release from the academy.
This is the first feature film by Benedikt, who is an award-winning actor and theater director. He also wrote the film’s script that reflects his signatory humor and passion for horses and the bond between man and horse, according to the press release.
The film’s producer, Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, is a well-known film director himself and one of his films, Children of Nature, was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in the 1992 Oscar race.
Of Horses and Men is currently competing in the San Sebastián International Film Festival and will also compete in the Tokyo International Film Festival in October.
Click here to read our review of the film.