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Directed by Grímur Hákonarson (Iceland, 2015). Two brothers, Gummi (Sigurður Sigurjónsson) and Kiddi (Theodór Júlíusson) live side by side in a secluded valley in Iceland, tending to their sheep—an ancestral stock, considered one of the country’s best. The brothers are repeatedly awarded for their prized rams that carry this 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 the herd, 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 way. As the authorities close in, the brothers will need to come together to save the special breed, and themselves, from extinction.
93 min. | In Icelandic with English subtitles.
Special thanks to Cohen Media.
About the director
Grímur Hákonarson (b. 1977) is an Icelandic film director, screenwriter, and cinematographer who graduated from the Film Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in 2004. He directed the feature film, Summerland/Sumarlandið, in 2010, for which he was nominated for the Edda Award for Best Screenplay
Rams/Hrútar, Hákonarson’s second feature-length film, was selected for the Un Certain Regard section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Hákonarson has also directed several short films and two documentaries—Varði Goes Europe (2002) and A Pure Heart/Hreint hjarta (2012).