UK-based WestEnd Films has sealed deals for multiple major territories on Rams, the English-language adaptation of the 2015 Icelandic feature.
Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired the film for North America, with Signature Entertainment taking the rights for the UK.
Further deals are set for Germany and Italy (Koch Media), Russia and the Baltics (Paradise), Poland (Canal+), Middle East (Phoenicia Pictures), China (Jetsen Huashi Media), former Yugoslavia (MCF Megacom Film) and airlines (Encore).
Village Roadshow will release the Australian film in Australia and New Zealand on October 29, as the first major domestic release since cinemas reopened following the pandemic.
Rams tells the story of two estranged brothers on adjoining sheep farms who haven’t spoken to each other in 40 years. When a rare disease threatens their sheep, the brothers must find a way to work together to save their flock, their small town and their family’s legacy.
Sam Neill, Michael Caton and Miranda Richardson lead the cast. Jeremy Sims directs from a screenplay by Jules Duncan, with Janelle Landers and Aidan O’Bryan from WBMC producing. WestEnd Films is handling worldwide sales.
It is an adaptation of Grímur Hákonarson’s Icelandic film, which won the Un Certain Regard award at Cannes 2015, going on to play festivals including Karlovy Vary, Telluride and Toronto.