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Rams (Hrútar)

Directed by Grimur Hakonarson

  • Iceland, Denmark 2015; 93 min
  • Original version: Icelandic
  • Genre: Drama
    • 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 Spike Feature-length, Best New Director, Youth Jury Award - Seminci
    • 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

  • Toronto IFF
    Icelandic submission for the Academy Awards


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.




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