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.
- Un Certain Regard Prize - Cannes IFF
- Best Film - Palic European FF
- Best Film - Manaki Brothers IFF
- Golden Eye for Best Film - Zurich FF
- Best Narrative Feature - Hamptons IFF
- Grand Prix - Tofifest
- Golden Alexander Theo Angelopoulos for Best Feature Film - Thessaloniki IFF
- Golden Spike Feature-length, Best New Director, Youth Jury Award - Seminci
- FIPRESCI Prize for Best Actor in a Foreign Language Film - Palm Springs IFF
- Film, Director, Editing, Cinematography, Screenplay, Costume Design, Sound Design, Set Design, Leading Actor (Sigurður Sigurjónsson), Supporting Actor (Theodór Júlíusson) - Eddas Awards
- Best Film (European Program) - Prishtina IFF
- Sigurður Sigurjónsson
- Theodór Júlíusson
- Charlotte Bøving
- Jón Benónýsson
- Þorleifur Einarsson
- Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson
- Gunnar Jónsson
- Ingrid Jónsdóttir
- Viktor Már Bjarnason
- Jörundur Ragnarsson
- Jenný Lára Arnórsdóttir
- Grímur Hákonarson
- Sturla Brandth Grøvlen
- Kristján Loðmfjörð
- Atli Örvarsson
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Grimur Hakonarson mines moments of wonderfully wry comedy in this tale of sheep and men.
A simply but skillfully told tale.
A simple, effective and endearing film.
In most of my movies, there are conflicts between these kinds of old farming societies and the newer urban society. It’s in most of my films—the conflict between traditional Icelandic values and modern society’s capitalism.
The Icelandic director Grimur Hakonarson was born in 1977 and graduated from FAMU - Film Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in 2004.
His graduate short film, SLAVEK THE SHIT (2004), was the first film that got international attention. It was selected to the Cinefoundation section of Cannes Film Festival and won 12 festival prizes, including the Silver Hugo in Chicago IFF. A decade later, his second feature film, RAMS (2015), was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes IFF where it won the top prize. His latest film, THE COUNTY (2019), had its world premiere at the Toronto IFF in the Contemporary World Cinema section.