Lamb, a movie by Icelandic director and screenwriter Valdimar Jóhansson, has been shortlisted for the 2022 Academy Awards. The movie was selected as Iceland’s entry for the Best International Feature Film last October. Fifteen movies from fifteen different countries are on the shortlist, which was unveiled yesterday.
Lamb is a supernatural drama about an Icelandic farm couple, María (Noomi Rapace) and Ingvar (Hilmir Snær Guðnason), that takes a human-sheep hybrid into their care after witnessing one of their sheep giving birth to the creature.
The movie, which premiered last July, has received international acclaim and has already won some noteworthy awards. It was one of six movies that were awarded by the Un Certain regard jury at the Cannes festival in 2021, receiving the Prize of Originality. It was awarded best film at the Sitges Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia earlier this year, and the best actress award at the same festival went to Noomi Rapace.
The movie is a co-production between three countries: Iceland, Sweden and Poland. The screenplay was jointly written by director Jóhannsson and Icelandic poet and writer Sjón.
The nominations for the 2022 Academy Awards will be announced in early February 2022.