September 21, 2016 –
Raglan Arts Film Festival - selection of nominee shorts
In a remote Icelandic farming valley, two brothers who haven’t spoken in 40 years have to come together in order to save what’s dearest to them – their sheep.
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.
“At first it charmed me and then it snuck up and punched me in the gut emotionally. That doesn’t happen a lot. It really caught me off guard.” - Director of SPOTLIGHT, Tom McCarthy
Sydney Morning Herald 4 Stars "A prize-winning gem. RAMS adds to Iceland's reputation for punching well above its weight in film."
Un Certain Regard Award winner Cannes Film Festival 2015
Directed by Grímur Hákonarson ('A Pure Heart', 'Summerland')
Starring Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Theodór Júlíusson, Charlotte Bøving, Jon Benonysson, Gunnar Jónsson, Þorleifur Einarsson, Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson, Ingrid Jónsdóttir
Written by Grímur Hákonarson
Drama, World Cinema | 92mins |Rating: M Offensive language and nudity | Icelandic with English subtitles | Iceland
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