Wed 16 Aug 2000 - Wed 16 Aug 4800
Iceland, 2015, 93 mins. Dir. Grímur Hakonarson
Icelandic with English subtitles.
Following the success of Februarys Scandifilm season, Exeter Phoenix presents Icelandic gem Rams.
The surprise winner of Un Certain Regard at Cannes 2015, this desolately beautiful film follows estranged brothers Gummi (Sigurður Sigurjónsson) and Kiddi (Theodór Júlíusson), brothers who live on neighboring sheep farms but haven’t spoken to each other for forty years. Then disease threatens the health and ancient lineage of their beloved rams – and the brothers are forced to communicate once again.
Written and directed by documentarian Grímur Hákonarson (A Pure Heart), it’s a naturalistic portrait of rural life that, like another recent Icelandic hit Of Horses and Men, utilises both the austere beauty of the country’s landscape and its people’s seemingly native wry, deliciously mordant humour. A real treat.
‘Wonderfully wry. Touching, beautiful and poignant.’
‘A marvel of deadpan comedy’
WALL STREET JOURNAL