Cohen Media Group has acquired all North American distribution rights to “Rams,” three months after the Icelandic film won the top prize in the Un Certain Regard competition at the Cannes Film Festival.
The Iceland-Denmark co-production will have its North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival next month.
CMG plans a February theatrical release. The distribution agreement was negotiated by CMG’s John Kochman and Jan Naszewski of Warsaw-based New Europe Film Sales.
“Rams,” directed by Grimur Hakonarson, centers on two brothers, played by Sigurdur Sigurjonsson and Theodor Juliusson, who live on neighboring sheep farms but have not spoken to each other for 40 years. The siblings come together when authorities decree that all the sheep in the valley must be destroyed due to a virus.
Alissa Simon of Variety said in her review, “Hakonarson lovingly captures a deeply rooted rural culture that is closely connected to the Icelandic national spirit.”