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Rams

  • Templeton Hall 63 Pioneer St Cooperstown, NY, 13326 United States (map)

A quirky, earthy tale of two brothers, Rams tells the story of sibling sheep farmers Gummi and Kiddi, neighbors in rural Iceland who haven’t communicated in decades. Both men are more stubborn than the pedigree sheep they breed, yet there’s a sort of mystic bond between them, their land, and their flocks. Kiddi, a bigheaded boozer, is well-liked at village get-togethers but it’s mainly through the eyes of the more mellow Gummi that we witness the brothers’ contrariness. As their oddly funny saga unfolds, it’s obvious that communication can’t be avoided forever, and the final outcome of this tale is a total revelation. Shot in a stunning location where sheep provide the main livelihood, “Rams has a very Icelandic sense of humor,” explains filmmaker Grímur Hákonarson. “If you think of the old sagas describing battle and death, we find some of these descriptions comical. . . a bleak sense of humor. But we come from the far north, without much light. Perhaps it’s more accurate to describe Rams as a tragi-comedy. There’s a cocktail of drama and comedy in the script that’s subtle, and the amusement comes from the ridiculousness of the situation.”

Sponsored by Black Stanley Studio

Tickets:

$7 at the door

Cash bar; complimentary popcorn and movie candy