Icelandic Oscar Entry ‘Rams’ to Open Zagreb Film Festival

LONDON — Grimur Hakonarson’s “Rams,” which won top prize in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard and is Iceland’s Oscar entry, opens the 13th Zagreb Film Festival on Saturday.

In attendance will be Hakonarson and lead actors Sigurdur Sigurjonsson and Theodor Juliusson. The film, which is a best film nominee at the European Film Awards, joins 12 others competing for Zagreb’s Golden Pram for best feature film and €4,000 ($4,300) in prize money.

The lineup, which consists of feature films by first- or second-time directors, also includes the Venice Film Festival winner, Venezuelan “From Afar” by Lorenzo Vigas, and winner of the Special Jury Prize in the Horizons section at Venice, “Neon Bull” by Brazilian director Gabriel Mascaro.

Two Czech films run in competition — the country’s Oscar entry “Home Care” by Slavek Horak, which premiered in Karlovy Vary’s main competition, and “Family Film” by Olmo Omerzu, which just earned its lead Karel Roden the award for outstanding actor at Cottbus.

Also competing for the main award is Hungarian foreign-language Oscar submission and winner of Cannes Grand Jury Prize “Son of Saul” by Laszlo Nemes, Bosnian Oscar entry “Our Everyday Story” by Ines Tanović, and Danish Oscar entry “War” by Tobias Lindholm.

The Zagreb audience will also have a chance to see Icelandic-Danish-Croatian co-production “Sparrows,” winner at Chicago, Warsaw and San Sebastian film festivals, the Australian-Vanuatu entry “Tanna,” the winner of Venice Critic’s Week Award, and poetic Estonian film “In the Crosswind.”

The winners will be decided by a jury consisting of Levan Koguashvili, director of the last year’s ZFF winner “Blind Dates,” Jessica Woodworth, director of “Khadak” and “Fifth Season,” and Cristoph Thoke, producer of “Of Horses and Men,” a special mention at the 12th ZFF.

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