Lamb is a supernatural drama about an Icelandic couple who live with their herd of sheep on a beautiful but remote farm. When they discover a mysterious new-born on their land, they decide to keep it and raise it as their own. This unexpected development, and the prospects of a new family, brings them much joy before ultimately destroying them.

National Jury´s motivation: In a unique and darkly menacing fashion, LAMB combines Iceland‘s tradition of pastoral cinema and the literary heritage of the folk tale. Working within these parameters, the director adds a rich layer of religious symbolism and aspects of the kammerspiel to create a unique tale of wonder, loss and horror. As certain aspects of the narrative unfold, the film presents a world where human definitions and desires are exposed as suspect and ordinary life appears alien.
The animals’ sensitivity to the slightest disturbance in their surroundings is effectively used to create a sense of underlying threat, magnificently underscored by a constantly attentive yet unobtrusive camera and an eery soundscape.
The film is both a disturbing and original cinematic experience in its take on human interaction with nature and its consequences.