Benedikt Erlingsson’s debut “Of Horses and Men” has closed new major territory sales for FilmSharks Intl. The film, which was Iceland’s entry for the foreign-language Oscar last year and is proving to be a breakout title from Scandinavia, is a Music Box U.S./Canada pickup.
Umbrella Entertainment (Australia/New Zealand), NDF (Germany) and Polyfilm (Austria) count among the latest buyers; “Horses” has also closed for Argentina and Uruguay (Mirada Distribution), and Italy (Aiello Films).
Set in rural Iceland and described by Erlingsson as a country romance linking the human streak in horses and the horse-like streak in humans, “Of Horses and Men” has already licensed, of major territories, Japan (Magic Hour), the CIS (Maywin Films), Mexico (Alphaville), Sweden (Little Big), the U.K. (Axiom), France (Carlotta/Bodega) and Spain (Cameo).
Produced by Iceland’s Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, a reputed director in his own right ( “Devil’s Island”), “Horses” won Spain’s San Sebastian Kutxa-New Directors Award in September, director at Tokyo, best film, cinematography (Bergsteinn Bjorgulfsson) and a Fipresci Prize at Estonia’s Tallinn Black Nights Festival and best actress (Charlotte Boving) at France’s Amiens Fest.