The winners of the 10th Annual Nordic Council Film Prize have been announced. The 2014 Nordic Council Film Prize is awarded by the Nordic Council and is “chosen from submissions from the five Nordic countries…the prize is given for “the creation of an artistically original film that is rooted in Nordic cultural circles”
The official press release announcing the winner of the 2014 Nordic Council Film Prize:
Benedikt Erlingsson And Fridrik Thor Fridriksson Win The Nordic Council Film Prize for Of Horses and Men.
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.
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.”
The five films and their directors, scriptwriters and producers competing for the Nordic Council Film Prize in 2014 are:
Synopsis: Nymphomaniac is the wild, poetic story of a woman’s journey from birth to 50, as told by the main character, self-diagnosed nymphomaniac Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg). On a cold winter’s evening, charming middle-aged bachelor Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård) finds Joe beaten up in an alley. He br … more…
FINLAND – CONCRETE NIGHT (BETONIYÖ)
Synopsis: Concrete Night is a dreamlike odyssey through the fragile mind of a young boy as he loses his innocence. The film opens in a cramped, concrete-jungle home. Ilkka, the elder of two brothers, is leaving to serve a prison sentence. During his last 24 hours of freedom, he and his vulnerable yo … more…
ICELAND – OF HORSES AND MEN (HROSS Ì OSS)
Synopsis: Of Horses and Men is a rural romance about the humanity in horses and the equine in humans. Love and death become intertwined, with major consequences. The fortunes of people in the countryside are seen through the eyes of horses. For full production notes in all Nordic languages and Engl … more…
NORWAY – BLIND
Synopsis: Having recently lost her sight, Ingrid retreats to the safety of her home, a place where she can feel in control, alone with her husband and her thoughts. However, Ingrid’s real problems do not lurk beyond the walls of her apartment, but lie within – and her deepest fears and repressed fan … more…
SWEDEN – FORCE MAJEURE (TURIST)
Well-to-do tourists lose their dignity. Plunged into a state of emergency, a family on holiday come into contact with human mechanisms that they have never confronted before. They are forced to recognise in themselves urges and instincts they’d learned to despise and assign only to others. Force Ma … more…
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