Iceland’s entry for the 88th Academy Awards, Rams (Hrútar), has won the HIFF Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Hamptons International Film Festival. The award, given to an emerging director, marks another win in a strong festival run that began with the Un Certain Regard Prize at Cannes in May.
To date the film has been in competition at seven international film festivals, winning the main prize at five of them, and gaining eight awards overall. It has also screened out of competition at a number of festivals, including the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival and the Telluride Film Festival.
Brothers Gummi (Sigurður Sigurjónsson) and Kiddi (Theodór Júlíusson) live side-by-side but have not spoken in forty years. Stubborn and competitive, they only communicate via handwritten notes delivered by their loyal sheepdog Somi.
When a deadly virus threatens their prize-winning sheep and livelihood, they are forced to come together to save their unique family breed, and themselves, from extinction.