• Lamb
  • Lamb

Lamb / Dýrið

by Valdimar Jóhannsson Feature Film Competition

In the middle of the imposing Icelandic mountain landscape, Maria and Ingvar lead a secluded life on their farm. Their wish to have children has not yet been fulfilled, but they lovingly take care of their sheep flock. One day during lambing season, Maria and Ingvar discover a curious specimen that needs their special attention. Despite all warning signs, they take the strange new-born in. Far from civilization, the new addition to their family makes life complete - but the idyll soon proves deceptive. In his feature film debut, which is fantastic in every way, director Valdimar Jóhannsson skilfully uses dialogue only sparingly, and creates a fairy-tale atmosphere with original imagery. Bittersweet, but not without humour.

About the director(s)

Valdimar Jóhannsson (*1978) has worked for years as a cameraman and technician on both Icelandic and international productions, including the hit series GAME OF THRONES (2012) and the cinema blockbusters OBLIVION (2013) and NOAH (2014). He not only directed his feature film debut LAMB, but also wrote the screenplay. The film was invited to Cannes, where is won the Prize of Originality.

Filmography (selection): Lamb (2021) | Harmsaga (short, 2008)

About the director(s)
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Country, Year: Iceland, Sweden, Poland, 2021
  • Runtime: 106 Min
  • Languages: Icelandic
  • Subtitles: German, English
  • Director: Valdimar Jóhannsson
  • Cast: Noomi Rapace, Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Ingvar Sigurðsson
  • Screenplay: Sjón, Valdimar Jóhannsson
  • Cinematography: Eli Arenson
  • Editor: Agnieszka Glińska
  • Music: Þórarinn Guðnason
  • Producers: Hrönn Kristinsdóttir, Sara Nassim, Piodor Gustafsson, Erik Rydell, Klaudia Smieja-Rostworowska, Jan Naszewski
  • Co-Producer: Helgi Jóhannsson
  • Executive Producers: Noomi Rapace, Béla Tarr, Håkan Petterson, Jon Mankell, Marcin Drabiński, Peter Possne, Zuzanna Hencz
  • Production Companies: Go to Sheep, Spark Film & TV, Madants, Film i Väst AB, Chimney Sweden, Chimney Poland, Rabbithole Productions
  • World Sales: New Europe Film Sales
  • Swiss Distribution: Filmcoopi Zürich AG
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