Helmer-writer Grimur Hakonarson, an experienced documentarian, capitalizes on his extensive knowledge of Icelandic bachelor farmers and the unique landscapes of his homeland, while spicing the proceedings with some wonderfully wry, charmingly understated comic moments. – Alissa Simon, Variety
Lakeshore Records will release the soundtrack to Rams, written and directed by Grímur Hákonarson (A Pure Heart, Summerland). The album features score by Atli Örvarsson (Chicago Fire, The Perfect Guy, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Vantage Point). The critically-acclaimed Icelandic film the “Un Certain Regard” top prize at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and is an “Official Selection” at Telluride and Toronto International Film Festivals. Rams has been selected as Iceland’s official “Best Foreign Language Film” entry into the 88th Academy Awards®.
Cohen Media Group presents RAMS, in theaters February 3, 2016.
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.