Looking to be a unique chiller in the vein of Robert Eggers’ The Witch, the debut film from director Valdimar Jóhannsson, Lamb, has debuted at Cannes to a reported standing ovation.
Having previously worked in the special effects department for major blockbusters including Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Prometheus, Jóhannsson’s film is in safe hands with A24, the distributor behind modern horror classics such as Saint Maud, Hereditary, Midsommar and The Witch, to name just a few.
The film’s trailer premiered last week and welcomed us to a dark, haunting world of fantastical wonder, set in the beautiful, desolate landscape of Iceland, and following the film’s premiere at Cannes Film Festival, it looks as though the anticipation is justified.
First reactions from the festival display shock, awe and surprise, with Indiewire reporting the film was “batshit crazy,” adding that “Lamb takes a low-key minimalist approach to its premise that invites a certain shock-and-awe reaction before doubling back to give it purpose”.
Comparing Jóhannsson’s efforts to previous A24 horrors, the publication notes: “Jóhannsson has been schooled in the eloquent atmospheric horror of The Witch and Hereditary to such a precise degree that Lamb may as well exist as a spin-off”.
With calls for Noomi Rapace, star of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, to be awarded the coveted Best Actress award, our anticipation for the film grows even more. Having been out of the limelight for the previous few years, Lamb shows Rapace’s first return to a major role. Commenting about the film, she said: “A script like this is rare and I directly felt that I had to do it…I’ve never done anything like this before and I can’t wait to start filming and go back to my roots in Iceland”.
Take a look at the atmospheric trailer for Lamb, below.