VIFF 2014: Of Horses and Men a galloping black comedy

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      Of Horses and Men (Iceland/Germany)  

      Don’t tell me about the rabbits, George; tell me about the miniature horses of Iceland, which—according to this galloping black comedy—seem to have a not always providential grip on the rural people who depend on them. In its fablelike way, the film dispatches these folks (and sometimes the errant equines) when they’re foolish enough to fight nature or each other. Still plenty of room for straight-up lust, however, among the glacial fjords—although this can easily cost a stallion his balls. The tale’s a bit repetitive, and grisly at times, but at 74 minutes, it makes a neat break from heavier fare.

      SFU, October 25 (6:30 p.m.); International Village, September 27 (1:15 p.m.) and 28 (4 p.m.)