Grímur Hákonarson

Writer/Director

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Film, TV & Theatre

Assistant: Annie Shipton

Film, TV & Theatre

Icelandic writer-director Grímur Hákonarson won the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes 2015 for his film RAMS. The film is a tragicomedy about two brothers who haven’t spoken to each other in 40 years and live side by side in a remote Icelandic farming valley, tending to their sheep stock and prized rams who are considered one of the country’s best. When the entire valley comes under threat because of a lethal sheep disease the brothers are forced together to save what’s dearest to them – their sheep.

In 2019 Grímur returns with his follow-up THE COUNTY, a powerful David and Goliath story about a middle-aged Icelandic dairy farmer who challenges the corruption of her local agricultural co-operative and the outdated, exploitative system that it supports. Produced by NeTop Films and Haut et Court, THE COUNTY premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2019.

 

 

In Development

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THE FENCE

2020

Element Pictures/Film 4

Original Feature

Film

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THE COUNTY

2019

NeTop Films/Haut et Court/Profile/One Two Films

Original Feature. THE COUNTY premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2019

RAMS (Hrútar)

2015

NeTop Films/Profile Pictures

Cannes 2015: Winner of the Un Certain Regard Award; Zurich Film Festival 2015: Winner of The Golden Eye for Best International Feature; Eddas 2016: Winner of 11 awards, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay. EFA 2015: Nominee for Best European Film; Official Selection: Telluride 2015, TIFF 2015, Karlovy Vary 2015, Busan 2015, AFI Fest 2015. Iceland's entry to the Foreign Language Oscar race 2016

SUMMERLAND (Sumarlandið)

2010

Blueeyes Productions

Co-written with Ólafur Egilsson. Austin Fantastic Fest 2011: Winner of Best Screenplay. Edda Awards 2011: 4 nominations, including Screenplay of The Year

Documentaries

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A PURE HEART (Hreint hjarta)

2012

Hark Film

Edda Awards 2013: 4 nominations including Director of The Year and Documentary of The Year. Looks at the life of Kristinn Ágúst Friðfinnsson, a priest in the town of Selfoss, who must balance dealing with his own demons while fulfilling the various duties of the priesthood

Short Films

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WRESTLING

2007

Sundance 2008: Official Selection. Locarno International Film Festival: Winner of the Cinema & Gioventù Jury Prize - Special Mention. Part of the Boys on Film 4 Collection. A love story about two Icelandic wrestlers who must keep their relationship a secret from the inner world of Iceland's national and very macho sport

SLAVEK THE SHIT

2004

Axman Productions/FAMU

Cannes 2005: Nominee for the Cinefondation Award. Chicago International Film Festival 2006: Winner of the Silver Hugo for Best Narrative Short Film