Lamb is a 2021 Icelandic dark mystery film about a childless couple that discovers a bizarre newborn on their farm. The unexpected prospect of family life brings them much joy, before ultimately destroying them.
Directed by Valdimar Jóhannsson – making his feature directorial debut – from a screenplay co-written with Sjón. Produced by Piodor Gustafsson, Hrönn Kristinsdóttir, and Sara Nassim
Icelandic couple María (Noomi Rapace) and Ingvar (Hilmir Snaer Gudnason), who live with their herd of sheep on a beautiful but remote farm. When they discover a mysterious newborn on their farmland, they decide to keep it and raise it as their own. This unexpected prospect of a new family brings them much joy, before ultimately destroying them…
Lamb will premiere at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ section and New Europe Film Sales will be presenting the film for international distribution. The film will be released in Iceland in August 2021 and has been picked up by A24 for a future release in the USA.
Cast and characters:
Noomi Rapace … Maria
Björn Hlynur Haraldsson … Pétur
Hilmir Snær Guðnason … Ingvar
Ester Bibi … Band member
Director Valdimar Jóhannsson has worked for years as a film industry electrician and special effects technician on films such as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Prometheus which were partly shot on location in Iceland.
Noomi Rapace is Swedish but she moved to Iceland as a child where she spent some time growing up with her father and learnt how to speak Icelandic.