Director: Grímur Hákonarson
Cast: Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Theodór Júlíusson
Country of Origin: Iceland 2015 93 mins.
Released by Soda Pictures
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.
Grímur Hákonarson received international acclaim with his short film Wrestling which premiered at Locarno Film Festival in 2007 and went on to win 25 prizes around the world. RAMS, winner of the prestigious ‘Un Certain Regard’ at Cannes and Iceland’s official entry for the 2016 Oscars, is his second feature film. Soda Pictures