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Rams (2015)
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Director:Grímur Hákonarson Producer:Grímar Jónsson Screenplay by:Grímur Hákonarson  Music by:Atli Örvarsson  Cinematography:Sturla Brandth Grøvlen Edited by:Kristján Loðmfjörð  Running time:1h 33min Country:Iceland Language:Icelandic Genre:Drama   Subtitle:English  Starring: Sigurður Sigurjónsson ... Gummi, Theodór Júlíusson ... Kiddi, Charlotte Bøving ... Katrin,
Jón Benónýsson ... Runólfur
, Gunnar Jónsson ... Grímur, Þorleifur Einarsson ... Sindri, Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson ... Bjarni,
Ingrid Jónsdóttir ... Eygló
, Jörundur Ragnarsson ... Villi, Viktor Már Bjarnason ... Finnur, Ólafur Ólafsson ... Tóti,

Jenný Lára Arnórsdóttir ... Þórey, Guðrún Sveinbjörnsdóttir ... Hildur, Þorsteinn Gunnar Bjarnason ... Beggi Lögga,
Anna Sæunn Ólafsdóttir ... Sigga Lögga
, Sigurlína Tryggvadóttir ... Sigurlína

 
 

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Brothers Manaki International Film Festival 2015

Won
"Bona Dea" Award in "New European Cinema" Program
Best Film
Grímur Hákonarson 
 

Camerimage 2015

Won
Silver Frog
Main Competition
Sturla Brandth Grøvlen 
Nominated
Golden Frog
Main Competition
Sturla Brandth Grøvlen 
 

Cannes Film Festival 2015

Won
Un Certain Regard Award
Grímur Hákonarson 
 

Denver International Film Festival 2015

Won
Krzysztof Kieslowski Award
Best Feature Film
Grímur Hákonarson 

Jury statement: "For its evocative filming of landscapes, for placing us in the midst of a way of ... More

 

Edda Awards, Iceland 2016

Won
Edda Award
Best Film (Bíómynd ársins)
Director of the Year (Leikstjóri ársins)
Grímur Hákonarson 
Actor of the Year (Leikari ársins í aðalhlutverki)
Sigurður Sigurjónsson 
Supporting Actor of the Year (Leikari ársins í aukahlutverki)
Theodór Júlíusson 
Screenplay of the Year (Handrit ársins)
Grímur Hákonarson 
Best Editing (Klipping ársins)
Kristjan Lodmfjord 
Best Cinematography (Kvikmyndatökumaður ársins)
Sturla Brandth Grøvlen 
Best Costume Design (Búningar ársins)
Margrét Einarsdóttir 
Ólöf Benediktsdóttir 
Best Make Up (Gerfi ársins)
Kristín Kristjánsdóttir 
Best Sound (Hljóðhönnun ársins)
Huldar Freyr Arnarson 
Björn Viktorsson 
Best Set Design (Leikmynd ársins)
Bjarni Massi 
Nominated
Edda Award
Best Music (Tónlist í kvikmynd/sjónvarpi)
Atli Örvarsson 
Best Visual Effects (Brellur ársins)
Alexander Schepelern 
Cristian Predut Nita 
 

European Film Awards 2015

Nominated
European Film Award
European Film
Grímur Hákonarson 
Grímar Jónsson 
 

Hamptons International Film Festival 2015

Won
Golden Starfish Award
Narrative Feature
Grímur Hákonarson 
 

International Film Festival of India 2015

Nominated
Golden Peacock
Best Film
Grímur Hákonarson 
 

Ljubljana International Film Festival 2015

Won
Kingfisher Award
Best film of the Perspectives Section
Grímur Hákonarson 

"For an outstanding and proficiently conveyed story, a powerful and emotional account about the ... More

Best Film
Grímur Hákonarson 
 

Online Film Critics Society Awards 2015

Won
OFCS Award
Best Non-U.S. Release
 

Palic Film Festival 2015

Won
Golden Tower
Best Film
Grímur Hákonarson (director) 
Netop Films (production company) 
 

Palm Springs International Film Festival 2016

Won
FIPRESCI Prize
Best Actor
Sigurður Sigurjónsson 
Theodór Júlíusson 

"For the darkly comic urgency and sense of shared past with which they imbued their performances, ... More

 

Thessaloniki Film Festival 2015

Won
Golden Alexander
Grímur Hákonarson 
 

Transilvania International Film Festival 2015

Won
Audience Award
Best Film
Grímur Hákonarson 
Won
Special Jury Award
Grímur Hákonarson 
Nominated
Transilvania Trophy
Best Film
Grímur Hákonarson 
 

Tromsø International Film Festival 2016

Won
Audience Award
Best Film
Grímur Hákonarson 
 

Valladolid International Film Festival 2015

Won
Golden Spike
Best Film
Grímur Hákonarson 
Won
Pilar Miró Award
Best New Director
Grímur Hákonarson 
 

Zagreb Film Festival 2015

Nominated
The Golden Pram
Best Film
Grímur Hákonarson 
Aeroplan Film 
Film Farms 
Netop Films 
 

Zurich Film Festival 2015

Won
Golden Eye
Best International Feature Film
Grímur Hákonarson 
 
 

In a remote Icelandic farming valley, two brothers who haven''t spoken in 40 years have to come together in order to save what''s dearest to them - their sheep.

Storyline

In a secluded valley in Iceland, Gummi and Kiddi live side by side, tending to their sheep. Their ancestral sheep-stock is considered one of the country''s best and the two brothers are repeatedly awarded for their prized rams who carry an ancient lineage. Although they share the land and a way of life, Gummi and Kiddi have not spoken to each other in four decades. When a lethal disease suddenly infects Kiddi''s sheep, the entire valley comes under threat. The authorities decide to cull all the animals in the area to contain the outbreak. This is a near death sentence for the farmers, whose sheep are their main source of income, and many abandon their land. But Gummi and Kiddi don''t give up so easily - and each brother tries to stave off the disaster in his own fashion: Kiddi by using his rifle and Gummi by using his wits. As the authorities close in the brothers will need to come together to save the special breed passed down for generations, and themselves, from extinction.

User Reviews

Icelandic Mix of Darkness and Light

8 November 2015 | by Matt Johnson (Miami)
Love and hate have many things in common. Each, wrote Hawthorne, "leaves the passionate lover, or the no less passionate hater, forlorn and desolate by the withdrawal of his object." In the remote landscape of distant Iceland two neighbors, Gummi and Kiddi, nurse a fervent hatred. It has simmered for forty years running and despite the many things they have in common. Like many Icelanders, where there are more sheep (800,000) than people (300,000), they share a passion for sheep. Not THAT passionate! The calling to raise sheep is intertwined with their nature. The discovery of scrapie among the sheep, a lethal and highly contagious disease, should draw Gummi and Kiddi closer together. With the lengths they go to avoid each other, it is hard to see how much further they could be apart. Yet with true Icelandic spirit they try their best to maintain their independence and go their separate ways. The results are both hilarious and tragic.

The film is a typical Icelandic mix of darkness and light. The line is blurred between independence and isolation. The director maintains it is based on personal experience and real life situations. The themes of love and hate, as well as seclusion and self-reliance, really resonate with me. The two main characters are unique and intriguing as the film, and their parts are played well. Someone asked the director how hard it was to direct sheep and he replied that it was easier casting and directing sheep than people. Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes. Seen at the Toronto International Film Festival 2015.







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