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October 25 2016 Drama Movies Newsletter

"Thomas Vinterberg, who made "Far from the Madding Crowd", said that it was a disaster to work with sheep and that it was very difficult, but I have a different opinion about that...Usually we did less than five takes in the scenes involving sheep. The sheep were very professional. Some of the actors went to 12 or 15 takes, but the sheep usually didn't. They were one-take sheep."

Filmmaker Grimur Hakonarson on making his film "Rams"

In the above quote you get a sense of Hakonarson's dry sense of humor, but also his respect for animals. Hakonarson's grandfather was a sheep farmer, and the genesis of "Rams" was a real-life story his father told about two sheep farmers, brothers, who lived on the same land but refused to speak to one another. The sheep used in the film are mentioned by name in the final credits, to the amusement of some. However, dogs and horses used in movies (I'm thinking of "The Black Stallion" as just one example) are traditionally given credit so it seems logical to me that other animals are given the same courtesy.

"Rams" was Iceland's official entry for the 2016 Academy Awards. Turning to the 2017 contenders, Indiewire.com has again made available for download the screenplays for this year's likely nominees. The list includes "Captain Fantastic", "The Girl on the Train", "The Secret Life of Pets" and "Eye in the Sky". The scripts are meant for educational purposes only, and it is a great opportunity for aspiring writers to study screenplay format and structure. Just go to Indiewire.com and search screenplay downloads.

Here's the latest article from the Drama Movies site at BellaOnline.com.

Rams Film Review
"Rams", set in a remote corner of Iceland, transcends cultural boundaries as it tells the story of two estranged brothers who spend forty years living side-by-side without speaking.


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