Wednesday 8 June 2016
10:00am; 2:30pm; 5:00pm; 7:15pm
Directed by Grímur Hákonarson
Iceland 2015 (subs)
93 mins Drama
Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at last year's Cannes Film Festival and Best Narrative Feature at the Hampton's Film Festival (as well as 26 other awards), this stunningly shot drama focuses on two Icelandic sheep farmers whose decades-long feud comes to a head when disaster strikes their flocks.
Having not spoken to each other for 40 years, Gummi (Sigurjónsson) and Kiddi (Júlíusson) are finally forced to deal with their strained relationship after a rare disease triggers the slaughter of their entire valleys flock. Each brother deals with the situation in his own way; Gummi having the functioning sibling role; calm and calculating with his understated intelligence and Kiddi with drink induced anger and violence.
Rams is a lovely surprise, a film that intentionally builds up slowly and is so understated in the development of its main characters that by
the end of the film, you forget about almost everything else but the affection you have subconsciously developed for the two brothers. A sneaky little
treasure of a movie whose ending will stay with you for a long time.
“In its attentive and hushed way, the movie is about collision: between stubborn farmers and the government veterinary board, between ancient ways and modern times, between two old, hardheaded brothers.” Ty Burr, Boston Globe
“Hákonarson has an eye both for the forbidding beauty of the landscapes and for comic detail”. Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
“For all its intrinsic Nordic absurdity, Chaplinesque pathos and unsettling use of vastness, writer-director Grímur Hákonarson's "Rams" is also a moving,
deftly told tale about various kinds of loss”. John Anderson, Wall Street Journal
Au Revoir to the Sunshine Coast French Film Festival! Done and dusted, with a great roll up from Film Society members, this event was a great success and we hope the Alliance Francaise will screen their festival again in Noosa in 2017.
Would you like to join a discussion group relating to films that the Society has screened? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and telephone number and we will give you an update on the next meeting date, time and location.
Eumundi World Cinema screens art house films once a month, February through to December at the Eumundi School of Arts hall. With supper before the film, and dessert at intermission (prepared by local chef John Hutcheon). For further details visit http://www.eumundiworldcinema.com/
Remaining screening dates for 2016: May: 25; June: 8, 13, 22; July: 13,
18, 27; August: 10, 24; September: 14; October: 5, 19; November: 2, 16; December: 7.