Watch: U.S. Trailer for Iceland’s Oscar Entry ‘Rams’

Cannes’ 2015 Un Certain Regard winner Rams is going to be Iceland’s submission for the Oscar nomination for Best Foreign-language Film. The film has won numerous awards at international film festivals and the U.S. distributor, Cohen Media Group, has strategically lined up its premiere for February 2, 2016.

Iceland has twice been nominated for an Oscar with Fridrik Thór Fridriksson’s Children of Nature (1992) and Runar Runarsson’s short The Last Farm (2006).

Check out the U.S. trailer and poster below for the Grímur Hákonarson’s tragicomedy, starring Sigurður Sigurjónsson and Theodór Júlíusson as the emotionally dispared brothers with a strong connection to their sheep. Rams is Hákonarson’s second feature film. (Via The Film Stage)

The Rams trailer promises extraordinary rustic existence, but delivers the true intimacy instead. It’s not surprising why the film quickly became popular all over the globe.

Iceland's Oscar Entry

In a secluded valley in Iceland, Gummi and Kiddi live side by side, tending to their sheep. Their ancestral sheep-stock is considered one of the country’s best, and the two brothers are repeatedly awarded for their prized rams who carry an ancient lineage. Although they share the land and a way of life, Gummi and Kiddi have not spoken to each other in four decades. When a lethal disease suddenly infects Kiddi’s sheep, the entire valley comes under threat. As the authorities close in, the brothers will need to come together to save the special breed passed down for generations, and themselves, from extinction.