2021 Cannes Prize of Originality–Un Certain Regard

We could never control nature, not completely. And in this dark and atmospheric folktale, a couple in rural Iceland acknowledge this fact in an alarming and terrifying way. Maria and Ingvar are a childless couple who are content living in isolation with their herd of sheep on a beautiful but remote farm. When one day they discover an unusual newborn in their sheep barn, they adopt it. The new situation brings them much joy before ultimately destroying them. About his striking debut feature that premiered in Cannes within the Un Certain Regard section, Valdimar Jóhannsson says, “You can call Lamb a ‘genre film’, but for me, it’s a visual poem.”