Oscars: Iceland Selects 'Rams' for Foreign-Language Category


The absurdist comedy from director Grimur Hakonarson won the Un Certain Regard prize in Cannes this year.

Iceland has picked Rams, a dramedy from director Grimur Hakonarson, as its pick for this year's foreign-language Oscar race. 

An absurdist comedy about a two estranged brothers, both sheep herders in rural Iceland, Rams premiered in Cannes this year, where it won best film honor in the Un Certain Regard sidebar.

The title has also been a strong seller, with deals closed in more than 40 countries worldwide, including with Cohen Media Group for the U.S. New Europe Film Sales is handling worldwide sales. Rams will have its North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival this month. 

Iceland has only once been nominated in the best foreign-language category: for Fridrik Thor Fridriksson's Children of Nature in 1992. 

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