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Iceland Sends ‘Rams’ to Vie For Foreign Language Oscar Nom

PARIS– Cannes’ Un Certain Regard winner “Rams” has been selected by the Icelandic Film and TV Academy to compete for a Foreign-language Oscar nomination.

Directed and written by Grímur Hákonarson, “Rams” is produced by Grímar Jónsson for Netop Films and co-produced by Ditte Milsted and Jacob Jarek for Profile Pictures.

A tragicomedy, “Rams” tells the story of two brothers who who haven’t spoken to each other in 40 years and live side by side in a remote Icelandic farming valley, tending to their sheep stock and prized rams who are considered one of the country’s best. When the entire valley comes under threat because of a lethal sheep disease the brothers are forced together to save what’s dearest to them – their sheep.

New Europe Film Sales has sold the film to over 40 territories including the U.S. with Cohen Media Group. Most releases are being scheduled between November and February.

“Rams” played at Karlovy Vary and will next screen at Telluride and Toronto.

Besides Un Certain Regard, “Rams” has won a flurry of prizes, notably the special jury nod and the audience award at the Transilvania fest and the Golden Tower for best film at the European Film Festival Palic in Serbia.

“Rams” also received a nomination for the LUX Prize, the annual film award given by the European Parliament and is among the 52 films on the European Film Academy’s selection list for the European Film Awards.

Iceland previously had two films nominated for an Oscar: Fridrik Thor Fridriksson’s “Children of Nature” in 1992 and Runar Runarsson’s short “The Last Farm” in 2006.

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