Archive of films Lamb / Dýrið

Iceland / Sweden / Poland
2021, 106 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2021

A childless couple live on a farm with a flock of sheep as their only company. María and Ingvar’s peaceful life changes the moment a mysterious newborn appears in their barn. A folk tale and an unsettling, horror-like visual poem all in one, Lamb was shown in competition in the Un Certain Regard section, where it won the Prize of Originality.


A childless couple live on a farm, with a flock of sheep their only company. María (Noomi Rapace) and Ingvar (Hilmir Snær Guðnason) live a modest and peaceful life in harmony with nature. Yet they defy the natural order of things when a mysterious newborn appears in their barn and they decide to keep it, despite the warning signals. Debut director Valdimar Jóhannsson draws on folk traditions to bring an unsettling and highly original story in which human drama comes up against the supernatural. A visual poem and a meditation on motherhood, unconditional love, and respect for the laws of nature, Lamb was shown in competition in the Un Certain Regard section, where it won the Prize of Originality – the first time the jury presented this award.

Sandra Hezinová

About the director

Valdimar Jóhannsson

Valdimar Jóhannsson (1978, Iceland). Filmography: Dolor (Harmsaga, 2008, short), Lamb (Dýrið, 2021).


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: Valdimar Jóhannsson
Screenplay: Sjón, Valdimar Jóhannsson
Dir. of Photography: Eli Arenson
Music: Þórarinn Guðnason
Editor: Agnieszka Glińska
Art Director: Margrét Einarsdóttir
Producer: Hrönn Kristinsdóttir, Sara Nassim
Production: Go to Sheep
Coproduction: Black Spark Film and TV, Madants, Film i Väst, The Chimney Pot Sweden, The Chimney Pot Poland
Cast: Noomi Rapace, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Hilmir Snær Guðnason
Sales: New Europe Film Sales
Distributor: Artcam Films


Valdimar Jóhannsson

Film Director

Hrönn Kristinsdóttir



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