In a remote valley in Iceland, Gumi and Kidi live side by side, tending their sheep. Their centuries-old breed is considered one of the best on the island and the brothers regularly receive awards for their invaluable rams that continue the traditional line. Although they share a country and a way of life, they have not spoken a word for four decades. When a dangerous infection attacks Kidi’s sheep, the entire valley is in danger. Authorities decide to destroy all the animals in the area in order to stop the epidemic. For farmers for whom sheep are the main source of income, this is tantamount to a death sentence and many leave the country. But Gumi and Kidi don’t give up so easily – and each in their own way, trying to prevent a catastrophe.
Grímur Hákonarson is an Icelandic film director and screenwriter. His first feature film Summerland from 2010 was nominated for the prestigious EDA Award for Best Screenplay. Rams (2015) is his second film to achieve great success in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes Film Festival. His latest film The County was shown at the Free Zone Festival in 2019.
Festivals and awards
Un Certain Regard Award – Cannes Film Festival 2015.
Golden Tower Award, Best Film – Palic Film Festival 2015.
Best International Feature Film – Zurich Film Festival 2015.
Director: Grímur Hákonarson
Cast: Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Theodór Júlíusson, Charlotte Bøving
Production: Aeroplan Film, Det Danske Filminstitut, Film Farms