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Rams

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
  • Website
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant
    Yes
  • Color
    Yes
  • Screening format and subtitles
    DCP, English subtitles

Company Credits

Festivals

  • 2016
    Palm Springs International Film Festival - Award: Won the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Actor (shared by Sigurdur Sigurjónsson and Theodór Júlíusson).
  • 2016
    Tromsø International Film Festival - Award: Won Audience Award.
  • 2016
    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 - 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).
  • 2015
    Nordische Filmtage Lübeck - Award: Baltic Jury award for Best Nordic Narrative Feature. Opening film.
  • 2015
    Pau Film Festival - Award: Bleu Bearn Audience Prize.
  • 2015
    Ljubljana International Film Festival - Award: Won the Kingfisher Award for Best Film.
  • 2015
    Denver Film Festival - Award: Won the Krzysztof Kieslowski Award for Best Feature Film
  • 2015
    International Film Festival of India - Goa
  • 2015
    Algiers International Film Festival - Award: Won the Grand Prize.
  • 2015
    Cannes Film Festival - Un Certain Regard - Award: Won Prix Un Certain Regard 2015
  • 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 - Award: Won the Special Jury Award and the Audience Award.
  • 2015
    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 - Award: Won the Golden Eye for Best Film.
  • 2015
    Telluride Film Festival
  • 2015
    Vancouver International Film Festival
  • 2015
    Sao Paulo International Film Festival
  • 2015
    Busan International Film Festival
  • 2015
    European Film Festival Palic - Award: Won for Best Film.
  • 2015
    Tofifest - Award: Won the Golden Angel for Best Film.
  • 2015
    Camerimage - Award: Won the Silver Frog Award (Sturla Brandth Grøvlen).
  • 2015
    Seminci - Valladolid International Film Festival - Award: Won the Golden Spike for Best Film, the Pilar Miró Award for Best New Director and the Youth Prize of the Official Section.
  • 2015
    Riga International Film Festival - Award: Won the jury's Special Mention award.
  • 2015
    International Cinematographers' Film Festival Manaki Brothers - Award: Best European Film.
  • 2015
    Saint Jean-de-Luz - Award: Best Director Award.
  • 2015
    Hamptons International Film Festival - Award: Best Narrative Feature.
  • 2015
    AFI Fest
  • 2015
    Minsk International Film Festival - Listapad - Award: Won Audience Award and a Special Prize from the city council of Minsk.
  • 2015
    Thessaloniki International Film Festival - Award: Won the Golden Alexander Theo Angelopoulos for Best Film.
  • 2015
    Zagreb Film Festival