Sheepherder brothers Gummi and Kiddi have been estranged for years, going about their separate lives on neighboring farms in northern Iceland. When Gummi discovers a fatal outbreak in his brother's herd, their community spirals into grave uncertainty, unsure how to survive when the animals they've built livelihoods around must be put down. What results from these dire circumstances is at once surprising, quietly hilarious and heartbreaking. With dry humor, great sympathy and a patient, stark filmmaking style, director Grímur Hákonarson shows us how seemingly doomed relationships can change when we least expect them to. RAMS won the Un Certain Regard Prize at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. — Beth Hanna
Born in Iceland, Grímur Hákonarson is a graduate of the Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. His thesis film SLAVEK THE SHIT was a selection of the Cannes Cinéfondation. His short WRESTLING won 25 prizes at festivals around the world. His previous features are SUMMERLAND and the documentary A PURE HEART.