Grímur Hákonarson’s film Rams (Hrútar) won three prizes at the 60th Valladolid International Film Festival in Spain Saturday night, Vísir reports. The festival is one of Spain’s largest. But Rams was not the only Icelandic film in the limelight in Valladolid: Gunnar Jónsson was selected best actor for his role in the film Fúsi, directed by Dagur Kári.
Rams was chosen the festival’s best film and also received the audience’s youth award. Grímur Hákonarson shared the Best New Director Award with Turkish director Deniz Gamze Ergüven.
The Best Film Award includes financial support to introduce the film in 40 Spanish movie theaters.
Rams has already received numerous international awards, and Fúsi was awarded the Nordic Council film prize last week.
When accepting the three awards, Rams’ producer Grímar Jónsson gave a speech in Spanish despite not knowing a word in that language. He spoke of the time when Spaniards refused to purchase saltfish from Iceland unless Icelanders in turn bought wine from Spain. That would not have presented a problem, but for the fact that this was during the prohibition years in Iceland.
Reportedly, the speech was understood by the audience, who received it well.