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.


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.

About the film

  • Type: Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date: May 28, 2015, Háskólabíó
  • International Premiere Date: May 15, 2015, Cannes Film Festival - Un Certain Regard
  • Genre: Drama
  • Length: 90 min.
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Original Title: Hrútar
  • International Title: Rams
  • Production Year: 2015
  • Production Countries: Iceland, Denmark
  • IMDB: Rams
  • Website:!rams/c14km
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant: Yes
  • Color: Yes
  • Screening format and subtitles: DCP, English subtitles



Company Credits


  • Palm Springs International Film Festival, 2016 - Award: Won the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Actor (shared by Sigurdur Sigurjónsson and Theodór Júlíusson).
  • Tromsø International Film Festival, 2016 - Award: Won Audience Award.
  • Chennai International Film Festival, 2016
  • Scandinavian Film Festival LA, Los Angeles, 2016
  • Chennai International Film Festival, Indlandi, 2016
  • Pune International Film Festival, Indland, 2016
  • Bengaluru International Film Festival, Indland, 2016
  • International Film Festival of Kerala, Indland, 2016
  • Islandske filmdage 2016, Kaupmannahöfn, 2016
  • Sofia International Film Festival, Búlgaría, 2016
  • Hong Kong International Film Festival, 2016
  • Beijing International Film Festival, 2016
  • Isländska Filmdagar på Zita Stockholm, 2016
  • Shanghai International Film Festival, 2016
  • Cool Connections, Moskva, Rússland, 2016
  • Edda Awards, 2016 - Award: Tilnefnd fyrir brellur ársins (Alexander Schepelern, Cristian Predut og Eggert Ketilsson). Búningar ársins (Margrét Einarsdóttir og Ólöf Benediktsdóttir). Gervi ársins (Kristín Júlla Kristjánsdóttir). Handrit ársins (Grímur Hákonarson). Hljóð ársins (Huldar Freyr Arnarson og Björn Viktorsson). Klipping ársins (Kristján Loðmfjörð). Kvikmynd ársins. Kvikmyndataka ársins (Sturla Brandth Grøvlen). Leikari ársins í aðalhlutverki (Sigurður Sigurjónsson). Leikari ársins í aukahlutverki (Theodór Júlíusson). Leikmynd ársins (Bjarni Massi Sigurbjörnsson). Leikstjórn ársins (Grímur Hákonarson). Tilnefnd fyrir tónlist ársins (Atli Örvarsson). Nominated for Special Effects of the year (Alexander Schepelern, Cristian Predut og Eggert Ketilsson). Costume Design of the year (Margrét Einarsdóttir og Ólöf Benediktsdóttir). Make-up Achievement of the year (Kristín Júlla Kristjánsdóttir). Screenplay of the year (Grímur Hákonarson). Sound Design of the year (Huldar Freyr Arnarson og Björn Viktorsson). Editing of the year (Kristján Loðmfjörð). Film of the year. Cinematography of the year (Sturla Brandth Grøvlen). Leading Actor of the year (Sigurður Sigurjónsson). Supporting Actor of the year (Theodór Júlíusson). Set Design of the year (Bjarni Massi Sigurbjörnsson). Director of the year (Grímur Hákonarson). Nominated for Musical Score of the year (Atli Örvarsson).
  • Nordische Filmtage Lübeck, 2015 - Award: Baltic Jury award for Best Nordic Narrative Feature. Opening film.
  • Pau Film Festival, 2015 - Award: Bleu Bearn Audience Prize.
  • Ljubljana International Film Festival, 2015 - Award: Won the Kingfisher Award for Best Film.
  • Denver Film Festival, 2015 - Award: Won the Krzysztof Kieslowski Award for Best Feature Film
  • International Film Festival of India - Goa, 2015
  • Algiers International Film Festival, 2015 - Award: Won the Grand Prize.
  • Cannes Film Festival - Un Certain Regard, 2015 - Award: Won Prix Un Certain Regard 2015
  • New Zealand International Film Festival, 2015
  • Toronto International Film Festival, 2015
  • Love & Anarchy – Helsinki International Film Festival, 2015
  • Haifa International Film Festival, 2015
  • Ulaanbaatar International Film Festival, 2015
  • Mozinet Film Days, Búdapest, 2015
  • Film Fest Gent, 2015
  • Molodist - Kiev International Film Festival, 2015
  • Chicago International Film Festival, 2015
  • New Scandinavian Cinema Showcase, Portland, 2015
  • Leiden International Film Festival, 2015
  • Clique Film Fest, Almaty, 2015
  • Cinema One Originals Festival, Filippseyjum, 2015
  • Transilvania International Film Festival, 2015 - Award: Won the Special Jury Award and the Audience Award.
  • Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival, 2015
  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, 2015
  • The Northern Film Festival, Leeuwarden, 2015
  • Films in the Arava Desert, 2015
  • Tbilisi Film Festival, Georgíu, 2015
  • Kerala International Film Festival, 2015
  • Zürich Film Festival, 2015 - Award: Won the Golden Eye for Best Film.
  • Telluride Film Festival, 2015
  • Vancouver International Film Festival, 2015
  • Sao Paulo International Film Festival, 2015
  • Busan International Film Festival, 2015
  • European Film Festival Palic, 2015 - Award: Won for Best Film.
  • Tofifest, 2015 - Award: Won the Golden Angel for Best Film.
  • Camerimage, 2015 - Award: Won the Silver Frog Award (Sturla Brandth Grøvlen).
  • Seminci - Valladolid International Film Festival, 2015 - Award: Won the Golden Spike for Best Film, the Pilar Miró Award for Best New Director and the Youth Prize of the Official Section.
  • Riga International Film Festival, 2015 - Award: Won the jury's Special Mention award.
  • International Cinematographers' Film Festival Manaki Brothers, 2015 - Award: Best European Film.
  • Saint Jean-de-Luz, 2015 - Award: Best Director Award.
  • Hamptons International Film Festival, 2015 - Award: Best Narrative Feature.
  • AFI Fest, 2015
  • Minsk International Film Festival - Listapad, 2015 - Award: Won Audience Award and a Special Prize from the city council of Minsk.
  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival, 2015 - Award: Won the Golden Alexander Theo Angelopoulos for Best Film.
  • Zagreb Film Festival, 2015

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