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.

Iceland, Poland, Sweden 2020
  • Czech
106 min.
  • This film is available until 17. 2. 2026 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

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.

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Director: Valdimar Jóhannsson
Screenplay: Sjón, Valdimar Jóhannsson
Cinematography: Eli Arenson
Music: Þórarinn Guðnason
Sound: Björn Viktorsson
Editing: Agnieszka Glińska
Production Design: Snorri Freyr Hilmarsson, Margrét Einarsdóttir
Producer: Hrönn Kristinsdóttir, Sara Nassim, Piodor Gustafsson, Jan Naszewski, Erik Rydell, Klaudia Smieja
Co-production: Zuzanna Hencz
Costumes: Margrét Einarsdóttir
Cast: Noomi Rapace, Hilmir Snaer Gudnason, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson

Cannes Film Festival

2021 – Valdimar Jóhannsson (Un Certain Regard – Prize of Originality)

European Film Awards

2021 – Fredrik Nord, Peter Hjorth (European Visual Effects Supervisor)

  • This film is available until 17. 2. 2026 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.