Winner of Un Certain Regard at Cannes 2015, this wryly observed fable about two obstinate brothers begins as a droll comedy about sheep farming and grows into a gracefully moving tale about family and legacy.

Hrútar
Director: Grímur Hákonarson
Cast: Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Theodór Júlíusson, Charlotte Bøving
Duration: 92 mins
Country of Origin: Iceland

MCoarse language and nudity


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Rams

★★★★
“A beguiling gem. Beautiful, poetic… with a restrained by rich vein of comedy. Deservedly one of the hits of Cannes.”
Paul Byrnes, SMH/THE AGE

“A remarkable film. A wonderful story, gently anarchic and tender… So fascinating. A lovely slice of dry Nordic comedy.”
Jason Di Rosso, ABC RADIO NATIONAL

★★★★
“Radical and darkly funny. Beautifully made… Beautiful to watch. This is a film that allows you space to think, to make connections.”
Stephen Romei, THE AUSTRALIAN

“A wonderfully wry, charmingly understated comedy. Touching, beautiful and poignant. It soars.”
Alissa Simon, VARIETY

“Deeply seductive in its veracity and subtlety. It engages, intrigues, and finally, moves us beyond our expectations.”
Andrew Urban, URBANCINEFILE

★★★★1/2
“Tender and elegiac – a film with heart in every frame. It’s a story of great humanity, of brotherhood and of altruism. It’s no fluke and a credit to Hákonarson that when the lights came up in the theatre I was already sending a text 4,000 miles away to my brother to let him know that I love him and miss him something awful.”
Shane Scott-Travis, TASTE OF CINEMA

WINNER – BEST FILM – 2015 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
Prix Un Certain Regard

WINNER – 11 ICELANDIC ACADEMY AWARDS 2016
incl. Best Film, Best Director (Hákonarson), Best Actor (Sigurjónsson), Best Supporting Actor (Júlíusson), Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography

WINNER – 2015 EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS – Best Film (Nominee)

2016 ACADEMY AWARDS – OFFICIAL SELECTION (ICELAND)
Best Foreign Language Film

OFFICIAL SELECTION – CANNES, TORONTO, SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVALS

Who would have thought that a tale about sheep in rural Iceland could bring tears to your eyes? Grímur Hakonarson’s RAMS does just that. Majestically shot in a spectacular, weather-swept valley, this wryly observed fable about two brothers who are more obstinate than the sheep they breed begins as a droll comedy about rural life and grows into a graceful and mythic tale about family, community and legacy.

Siblings Gummi (Sigurður Sigurjónsson) and Kiddi (Theodór Júlíusson) have been living side by side without speaking to each other for forty years, each tending to their pedigree ancestral flock. When communication can’t be avoided, Kiddi’s dog Somi trots between houses carrying their handwritten notes between his teeth. Kiddi is a boozer and brawler, a popular figure at community get-togethers, but it’s through the eyes of his gentle younger brother Gummi that we see him acting out.

Their world is upended when the valley comes under threat from infection. While neighbours abandon their land, each brother tries to stave off disaster: Kiddi by taking action, and Gummi by using his wits. As the authorities close in, there’s every reason for them to set aside a lifetime of hostility to save their special breed, and their unique way of life, from extinction. But can they?

The hugely-popular winner of the Un Certain Regard Best Film Prize at the 2015 Cannes International Film Festival (awarded by a Jury led by Isabella Rossellini), and greeted with a thunderous 10 minute standing ovation at its premiere, Hákonarson effortlessly balances humour and pathos to tell a tale that feels both intimate and epic, a loving portrait of both culture and family in a place where change doesn’t come easily.

MORE…
The Guardian film critics’ Peter Bradshaw and Xan Brooks discuss Rams.(video)

Director Grímur Hákonarson on Herding Sheep, Growing Beards – Variety

Director Grímur Hákonarson talks Iceland and winning at Cannes – Awards Circuit

“A tale of estranged siblings and sheep” – Los Angeles Times

Taking Stock: Grímur Hákonarson on shooting Rams, running for the Oscars and Icelandic co-operation – Eye For Film

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