The Icelandic film Rams (Hrútar), directed by Grímur Hákonarson, won yet another award Monday, when chosen “Best narrative feature film” at the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) in East Hampton, New York. The prize is awarded to emerging directors.
As described by the HIFF website, Rams “details the hardships of daily farm work in remote Iceland with humanism and humor. Stunningly combining otherworldly landscapes and powerful performances, director Grímur Hákonarson expertly builds this gentle comedy to reveal a deeper and emotionally moving tale.” The prize includes a film production package of in-kind goods and services, valued at more than $125,000, and a cash prize of $3,000.
Rams is Iceland’s contribution to the Oscars this year. The film has already won awards at the Cannes Film Festival , the Zürich Film Festival, the Transilvania International Film Festival in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and at the European Film Festival Palić, Serbia.
The film is about two sheep-farm brothers who live side-by-side but haven’t spoken in decades. Facing the extinction of their award-winning breed of sheep, they must join forces.