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LAMB longlisted for the BAFTA Awards in 2022

The Icelandic feature film Lamb, directed by Valdimar Jóhannsson, is one of 15 films longlisted for BAFTA (British Academy Film Awards) in 2022. Five films will be nominated on February 3 and the winners will be announced on March 13.

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 newborn 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.

Lamb had its world premiere last summer in the Un Certain Regard program at the 74th Cannes Film Festival, where it was awarded the Prize of Originality. It has since gone on to an impressive festival and awards run, and was recently shortlisted for the 94th Academy Awards in the International Feature Film category. 

Lamb got two nominations at the European Film Awards, one for the European Discovery 2021 – Prix FIPRESCI, and the other for the European Excellence Award for Visual Effects, which it recently won. The film also had a strong theatrical debut in North America, where it opened on more than 800 screens and has become one of the most-viewed Icelandic films of all time. The film was also recently released in the UK and Ireland. Current worldwide box office for Lamb is almost $3 million.

Lamb was directed by Valdimar Jóhannsson, written by Jóhannsson and the acclaimed Icelandic poet, novelist, and screenwriter Sjón. The film is an Iceland/Sweden/Poland coproduction. It was produced by Hrönn Kristinsdóttir and Sara Nassim at Iceland's Go to Sheep, Piodor Gustafsson and Erik Rydell at Sweden's Black Spark Film & TV, and Klaudia Śmieja-Rostworowska and Jan Naszewski at Poland's Madants. It was coproduced by Film i Väst, Chimney Sweden, and Chimney Poland, in association with Rabbit Hole Productions and Helgi Jóhannsson. 

International sales for Lamb are being handled by New Europe Film Sales.