Icelandic film ‘Rams’ receives standing ovation at Cannes


Writer director Grímur Hákonarson’s second film, Rams, had its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last Friday in the Un Certain Regard section. There, it received a standing ovation. In attendance were big names like Isabella Rossellini, the head of the Un Certain Regard jury, and the Icelandic minister of industry and commerce, Ragnheidur Elín Árnadóttir.


Before the screening, Hákonarson; Grímar Jónsson, the film’s producer; and the actors Sigurdur Sigurjónsson and Theodór Júlíusson took the stage to present the film, and Hákonarson answered a few questions from Thierry Frémaux, the festival’s artistic director.

Un Certain Regard is part of the festival’s official selection. Rams is one of 19 films competing for the Un Certain Regard Prize, which will be awarded on May 23.

Prior to the premiere, the prominent industry publications Variety and Screen International wrote articles on Rams and interviewed Hákonarson. Following the premiere, both publications came out with positive reviews of the film. Many other positive reviews have since followed.

via The Icelandic Film Centre

Variety interview with Hákonarson

Screen interview with Hákonarson

Variety review

Screen review

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.