Rafael 2 Fri, Oct 16, 2015 5:30 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:93 min
Director:Grímur Hákonarson
Producer:Grímar Jónsson
Screenwriter:Grímur Hákonarson
Cinematographer:Sturla Brandth Grøvlen
Editor:Kristján Lodmfjörd
Cast:Sigurdur Sigurjonsson
Theodor Juliusson
Charlotte Boving
Jon Benonysson
Gudrun Sigurbjornsdottir
Sveinn Olafur Gunnarsson
Print Source:Cohen Media Group
Note Writer:Rod Armstrong


Winner of Cannes’ Un Certain Regard competition, this touching and wry Icelandic comedy wittily portrays the connection between man and beast. For brothers Gummi and Kiddi, who haven’t spoken to one another in 40 years, their lambs are their life. When Kiddi fires a bullet into Gummi’s window for being a poor loser in a sheep competition, the relationship fractures further. But after a mysterious outbreak of scrapie leads officials to decree that all local sheep must be slaughtered, the siblings are forced to work together in surprising ways to save their beloved creatures. Hakonarson’s second film, with its breathtaking photography, sly humor, and pathos, evinces a documentarian’s eye for the hardships and heartaches of rural farm life. From the put-upon sheepdog who serves as the brothers’ only mode of communication to the desperate acts each man takes to save his sheep, Rams offers an indelibly artful depiction of animal husbandry.

Co-presented by Icelandic Association of Northern California

Additional Information

The Icelandic director Grimur Hakonarson was born in 1977 and graduated from FAMU, the Film Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, in 2004. His graduate film, Slavek the Shit, was selected for the Cinefoundation section of the 2005 Cannes Film Festival and won 12 festival prizes, including the Silver Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival. His next short film, Wrestling, premiered at the Locarno Film Festival in 2007 and is one of the most successful short films from Iceland, winning 25 festival prizes around the world.