With Oscars buzz already beginning, Iceland is the next Nordic country to announce its contender. Denmark, Norway and Sweden have already come out to announce their nominees, and now Iceland has selected Rams to represent the country at the Oscars.
Rams was written and directed by Grímur Hákonarson and produced by Grímar Jónsson for Netop Films. Rams had its international premiere at this years Cannes Film Festival, where it also won the Un Certain Regard prize. It has since won the Special Jury Award and the Audience Award at the Transilvania International Film Festival and the Golden Tower for Best Film at the European Film Festival Palic in Serbia. It has also been selected for the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, the Telluride Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. In Karlovy Vary Rams was nominated for the LUX Prize, the annual film award given by the European Parliament to spotlight the diversity of European cinema and its importance in building social and cultural values. It is also one of the 52 films on the European Film Academy’s selection list for the European Film Awards.
Rams is a tragicomedy that tells the story of two brothers who live side by side in a remote Icelandic farming valley, tending to their prized rams. When the entire valley comes under threat because of a lethal sheep disease, the brothers, who haven’t spoken to each other in 40 years, are forced together to save what’s dearest to them – their sheep.