The Icelandic film Hrútar (Rams) has won the Un Certain Regard prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
Reuters reports that the film hit the top of the list in a category which showcases filmmaking techniques and trends from around the world.
“There are very good films in this program and very big directors,” director Grímur Hákonarson told reporters. “I didn’t expect this. I’m in heaven.”
Although the film is about two brothers who have not spoken to each other in decades, who unite to deal with an outbreak of disease that could wipe out their entire flock of sheep, Grímur believes the film has universal appeal.
“I think it’s a universal story, it’s a story about family conflicts, even though it’s an Icelandic film, it seems to touch the hearts of the audience, you know, but the film, it’s also entertaining, it’s also funny,” he said. “It’s a mixture of drama and comedy and we seem to have, maybe, profited from that a little.”
You can watch the trailer to the film, with English subtitles, at Wolf Consultants’ website.