A “wooly” story filled with tenderness by Grímur Hákonarson. The Icelandic director shows us a slowly dying world, where cuticles are clipped with garden shears, half-frozen drunks are picked up off the street by a tractor, and two brothers named Kiddi and Gummi haven’t exchanged a single word in almost 40 years—well, except for the occasional letter delivered by dog. Nevertheless, they still live next door to one another and, according to family tradition, they breed their beloved sheep, which are known throughout the valley. Up until Gummi, upset about his brother’s victory in a local competition, makes a terrifying discovery. “People either thought too much or about something other than what they should have been thinking about. Most often, they thought too little about the sheep,” the writer Leonie Swann once remarked. She must have never visited Iceland.
Born in 1977, Grímur Hákonarson is an Icelandic director. He graduated from the FAMU film school in Prague. His short graduation film, Slavek the Shit, was presented at the Cannes Festival, and his debut feature, Summerland, earned him a nomination for an Eddy Award for best screenplay. His second feature film, Rams, about two brothers locked in conflict was an award winner in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes. Also shown at cinemas in Poland, it turned out to be a festival hit all over the world.
2002 Varði Goes Europe
2008 Summerland / Kamień elfów
2012 A Pure Heart
2015 Barany. Islandzka opowieść / Rams
2018 Little Moscow