Cannes’ Un Certain Regard Winner ‘Rams’ Sells Across Eastern Europe (EXCLUSIVE)

KARLOVY VARY, Czech Republic — Jan Naszewski’s Warsaw-based sales outlet New Europe Film Sales has closed further distribution deals on Grimur Hakonarson’s Icelandic film “Rams” (Hrutar), which won the Un Certain Regard prize at the Cannes Film Festival. The film screened in the Horizons section of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival this week.

The company has now sold the film to almost all countries in Eastern Europe. Recent sales include Poland (Gutek Film), Czech Rep. and Slovakia (Aero), Estonia (Estinfilm), Lithuania (Kino Pavasaris), Latvia (Kinoteatris Bize), Romania (Transilvania Film), as well as Brazil (Imovision) and Portugal (Leopardo).

Previously announced sales on the film include Hungary (Mozinet), U.K. (Soda), Spain (Karma), Italy (Bim), Middle East (Moving Turtle), Benelux (Imagine), Greece (Ama Films), Taiwan (Maison Motion), France (ARP Selection), Germany and Austria (Arsenal), Switzerland (Xenix), Norway (Arthaus), Australia (Palace), ex-Yugoslavia (Demiurg), Turkey (Filmarti), Scandinavia (Scanbox) and Japan (Gaga).

The story is about two brothers from a remote Icelandic farming valley who haven’t spoken in 40 years, but have to come together in order to save what’s dearest to them — their prize-winning flock of sheep.

Hakonarson, whose short film “Slavek the Shit” screened in Cannes’ Cinefondation, is a graduate of FAMU film school in Prague. The director of photography on “Rams,” Sturla Brandth Grovlen, won a Silver Bear for outstanding artistic contribution at this year’s Berlin Film Festival for the film “Victoria.”

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