A24 have bagged another unique chiller in the form of Lamb, the debut film from director Valdimar Jóhannsson, who has previously worked in the special effects department for major blockbusters including Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Prometheus.
Starring Noomi Rapace and Hilmir Snær Guðnason, the story follows a childless couple María and Ingvar, sheep farmers in Iceland who, on Christmas eve, find a newborn who is half-human, half sheep. Longing for a child of their own, they decide to keep it and raise it as their own, bringing them much joy and danger in the process.
Creating a dark, haunting mood, the trailer for Lamb teases the design of the therianthrope, as well as the beautiful, desolate landscape that will house the atmospheric piece of fantasy.
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.