DIRECTED BY: Grímur Hákonarson
STARRING: Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Theódór Júlíusson
RUNNING TIME: 92 minutes
Rams is a gorgeous, tender and unexpectedly moving film about the most unlikely of subjects: sheep farming in the northern valleys of Iceland. An award winner at Cannes, this drily witty film tells the story of Gummi (Sigurdur Sigurjonsson) and Kiddi (Theodor Juliusson) who are sheep-rearing rivals and haven't spoken to each other in 40 years - quite a feat considering they're also brothers and neighbours in a remote hinterland.
Director Grimur Hakonarson's tragicomic look at a threat to their ancient livelihood is informed by his intimate knowledge of the area.
Credible, hilarious and poignant by turns, Rams is a keenly detailed, well-paced and entertaining tale of family dynamics heightened by two of Iceland's most respected actors in Juliusson and Sigurjonsson and the work of cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grovlen (Victoria).
In a frozen world of men without women, heritage bloodlines and emotional desperation, there are memorable moments of amusement, including the use of a messenger sheep dog - deemed the best way, by far, to send notes to estranged relatives.
THURSDAY 12 JANUARY 2017
Doors: 7.30pm Film 8pm
Rotten Tomatoes - 95%
The Guardian - ★★★★
The Telegraph - ★★★★
The Independent - ★★★★
The Times - ★★★★