Grímur Hákonarson, Iceland, Denmark, 2015, 93'
Director: Grímur Hákonarson
Screenwriter: Grímur Hákonarson
Music: Atli Örvarsson
Cast: Sigurdur Sigurjönson, Charlotte Böving, Jon Benonysson, Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson, Jörundur Ragnarsson, Thorleifur Einarsson
Editing: Kristján Loðmfjörð
Producer: Grímar Jónsson
Executive producers: Tom Kjeseth, Alan R. Milligan, Eliza Oczkowska, Thor Sigurjonsson, Klaudia Smieja
Production: Aeroplan Film, Film Farms, Netop Films, Profile Pictures
In a secluded valley in Iceland, Gummi and Kiddi live side by side, tending to their sheep. Their sheep-stock is considered one of the country’s best and the two brothers are repeatedly awarded for their prized rams. 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 authorities close in on them, brothers unite in order to save their special breed, and themselves, from extinction.
The Icelandic director Grimur Hakonarson, graduated from FAMU - Film Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in 2004. His graduate film, Slavek The Shit, was the first film that got international attention. His next short film - Wrestling, premiered in Locarno Film Festival 2007 is one of the most successful short films from Iceland. It won 25 festival prizes around the world.
Camerimage 2015, Silver Frog
Cannes Film Festival 2015, Un Certain Regard Award
Denver International Film Festival 2015, Krzysztof Kieslowski Award
Hamptons International Film Festival 2015, Golden Starfish Award and Narrative Feature
Hawaii International Film Festival 2015, EuroCinema Hawai'i Award
Palic Film Festival 2015, Golden Tower
Thessaloniki Film Festival 2015, Golden Alexander
Transilvania International Film Festival 2015, Audience Award and Special Jury Award Transilvania Trophy
Valladolid International Film Festival 2015, Golden Spike Pilar Miró Award,
Zagreb Film Festival 2015, ]The Golden Pram