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‘Lamb’ Director Valdimar Jóhannsson Signs With CAA (Exclusive)

‘Lamb’ Director Valdimar Jóhannsson Signs With CAA (Exclusive)
Icelandic filmmaker Valdimar Jóhannsson, who made his feature directorial debut with “Lamb,” has signed with CAA, Variety can reveal.

Jóhannsson made a splash last year with the Noomi Rapace-led “Lamb,” which the helmer co-wrote with Icelandic author Sjón. The off-kilter film — which became a viral sensation after its trailer debuted — follows a childless couple who discover a hybrid lamb baby that’s half-human, half lamb. They take her in and raise her as their own child, but nature soon comes calling to reclaim its own.

Lamb,” which was the talk of Cannes following its world premiere at the festival in 2021, was produced by Hrönn Kristinsdóttir and Sara Nassim, and co-produced by Piodor Gustavson and Klaudia Smieja-Rostworowska.

The film was shortlisted for best international feature film at this year’s Oscars, and longlisted for the BAFTA Awards. It won the Prize of Originality in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes.
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Cannes Un Certain Regard Title ‘Godland’ Scores First Sales (Exclusive)

Cannes Un Certain Regard Title ‘Godland’ Scores First Sales (Exclusive)
New Europe Film Sales has announced the first sales for Cannes Un Certain Regard-selected “Godland,” directed by Iceland’s Hlynur Pálmason.

The film was picked up in France by Jour2Fete, and the movie was also acquired by three distributors that worked on Pálmason’s Cannes Critics’ Week title “A White, White Day” – Benelux rights were sold to Imagine, Poland was picked up by New Horizons Association and Australia/New Zealand was picked up by Palace.

The film is set in the late 19th century, when a young Danish priest travels to a remote part of Iceland to build a church and photograph its people. But the deeper he goes into the unforgiving landscape, the more he strays from his purpose, the mission and morality.

The film is produced by Denmark’s Snowglobe in collaboration with Iceland’s Join Motion Pictures, in co-production with France’s Maneki Films, Film I Väst & Garagefilm in Sweden,
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Vincent Lindon named Cannes 2022 jury president, other eight members unveiled

Vincent Lindon named Cannes 2022 jury president, other eight members unveiled
The last French acting star to preside over the jury was Isabelle Huppert in 2009.

French actor Vincent Lindon has been named president of the jury for the 75th Cannes Film Festival, running May 17-28.

He will be joined by eight other jury members comprising UK actress and director Rebecca Hall, Indian actress Deepika Padukone, Swedish actress Noomi Rapace, Italian actress and director Jasmine Trinca, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, French director Ladj Ly, US director Jeff Nichols and Norwegian director Joachim Trier.

In the same release, Cannes also announced that Trinca’s debut feature Marcel! will world premiere as a Special Screening.
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Movie Poster of the Week: The Best of Movie Poster of the Day Part 25

Movie Poster of the Week: The Best of Movie Poster of the Day Part 25
Above: 2021 UK quad poster for 4K restoration of The 400 Blows. Design by The Posterhouse.50,000 Movie Poster of the Day fans can’t be wrong. Yes, just this week my Movie Poster of the Day Instagram—a feed that was a spin-off from this column—surpassed 50,000 followers, which is a little ways off Cristiano Ronaldo’s 411 million and still a tenth of the half a million that Movie Poster of the Day used to have on Tumblr, though I never quite believed those numbers. But I put a lot of faith in my Movie Poster of the Day followers and so every six months I like to collect and rank the most “liked” posters that I have posted in the previous 26 weeks as some sort of bellwether of popular taste.The 400 Blows poster above racked up 3,168 likes earlier this year, making it the third most-liked poster I’ve ever posted (for
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Playing House

Playing House
Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Valdimar Jóhannsson's Lamb is showing exclusively on Mubi in many countries starting February 25, 2022 in the series Debuts.“What the fuck is this?” “Happiness.” This exchange occurs halfway in Valdimar Jóhannsson’s debut feature, Lamb, a cautionary tale about familial integrity but one that if fuelled by the insatiable, all-too-human desire for togetherness. The happiness in question is embodied by a family of three: Ingvar (Hilmir Snær Guðnason), Maria (Noomi Rapace), and their adopted daughter Ada, whose origin prompts the bemused question to begin with. But with Lamb, Jóhannsson and his co-writer Sjón prefer to interrogate repercussions instead of genesis.The film’s opening shot is shrouded in mystique, as a herd of wild horses turn back from their path amidst a snow storm, while its hiss drenches the whole scene in ambiguity and dread. Inside a barn, not too far away,
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Five Inspirations: Valdimar Jóhannsson

Five Inspirations: Valdimar Jóhannsson
Five Inspirations is a series in which we ask directors to share five things that shaped and informed their film. Valdimar Jóhannsson's Lamb is showing exclusively on Mubi in many countries starting February 25, 2022 in the series Debuts.Inspiration #1Anguish (1879) by August Friedrich Albrecht SchenckThis is one of the paintings that inspired me from the very beginning. It is quite a dramatic painting and tells not only the story of motherhood but also the story of how nature can both give and take. It is quite dramatic and brings up many thoughts and stories.Inspiration #2Filmzenék Tarr Béla Filmjeihez by Mihály VígWhile thinking about, writing, and preparing Lamb, I would listen to this soundtrack over and over again. It is somehow the familiarity of the repetition of life.Inspiration #3The Good Shepherd by Gunnar GunnarssonThis is a well-known novel in Icelandic literature, very much Man v.s. Nature. Man uniting
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Scandinavian Creatives Emerge With Powerful Voices

Scandinavian Creatives Emerge With Powerful Voices
For such a small and lightly populated region, the Nordics have been delivering an impressive number of critical darlings from a wide range of filmmakers. Nordic features hit a milestone this year, with three Cannes prize-winning films, Valdimar Jóhannsson’s “Lamb,” Juho Kuosmanen’s “Compartment No. 6” and Joachim Trier’s “The Worst Person in the World,” along with Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s documentary “Flee,” among the 15 on the Oscar shortlist, with the last two getting multiple noms.

Sundance also hosted a record number of Nordic movies, such as Alli Haapasalo’s “Girl Picture,” which picked up the Audience Award in the World Dramatic section, while more pics are in the pipeline at the Berlinale.

For decades, Sweden, Denmark and, to a lesser extent, Norway, were considered the top purveyors of internationally successful movies with helmers including Lars von Trier, Thomas Vinterberg, Susanne Bier, Roy Andersson, Trier and Ruben Ostlund, taking
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‘Lamb’ Director Valdimar Johannsson on Shared Technology Making Global Stories More Accessible

‘Lamb’ Director Valdimar Johannsson on Shared Technology Making Global Stories More Accessible
In a new series, Variety catches up with the directors of the films shortlisted for the International Feature Film Oscar to discuss their road to the awards, what they’ve learned so far, and what’s taken them off guard.

Valdimar Jóhannsson’s feature debut “Lamb” was acquired by A24 ahead of its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Prize of Originality. Starring Noomi Rapace, Hilmir Snær Guðnason and Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, the supernatural drama follows a childless couple in rural Iceland who make an alarming discovery in their sheep barn. After defying the will of nature in an attempt to heal their pain, they soon face dark consequences.

What does it mean to you to be shortlisted for the best international feature Oscar?

It is a great honor, and it means a lot to me. I am in the company of many great filmmakers
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2022 Oscar Predictions: Best International Feature

2022 Oscar Predictions: Best International Feature
Predicting the eventual five Oscar nominees for Best International Feature is made difficult by the three-step process that began after the November 1 deadline for countries to submit entries. To be part of the selection process for this category, which was called Best Foreign Language Film before 2020, requires a great deal of dedication. (Scroll down for the most up-to-date 2022 Oscar predictions for Best International Feature.)

First, the several hundred academy members of the International Feature screening committee were divided into groups and required to watch a minimum of 12 of the submissions over a six-week period that ended in mid December. They rated them from 6 to 10 and their top 15 vote-getters made it to the next round. That list of semi-finalists was revealed on December 21, 2021.

These 15 films are made available to the entire academy membership who can cast ballots for the final five nominees provided they attest to having watched all the entries.
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Festivals Boost Contenders for Oscar International Film Race

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Festivals Boost Contenders for Oscar International Film Race
If you wanted to name a winner from the Oscar international film shortlist right now, it would be the Cannes Film Festival. Nine of the 15 titles that made the cut came from the fest, even though the Palme d’Or winner, France’s submission “Titane,” did not. But then only those who were not paying attention to past trends in stage one voting assumed that it would be included.

Although a record 93 countries put forward an entry, only 15 are moving on. The ones selected for the shortlist come from almost every continent, although Africa, despite some exciting entries such as Somalia’s “The Gravedigger’s Wife,” Chad’s “Lingui: The Sacred Bonds” and Morocco’s “Casablanca Beats,” was ignored (all three titles premiered at Cannes).

Cannes players that are in the mix include Iran’s “A Hero,” helmed by previous Oscar-winner Asghar Farhadi; Norway’s “The Worst Person in the World
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Heather’s Favorites of 2021

Heather’s Favorites of 2021
Welp, 2021 was certainly a year. There was a lot of good (Movies! TV! Books! Random Horror Awesomeness!) and a lot of bad (pretty much everything else), but we made it to 2022, and I am excited for all that’s to come in the next 12 months (at least when it comes to stuff going on in horror). Over the course of last year, I think formally reviewed over 60 films, did interviews for at least 20 other projects beyond those reviewed films, relaunched Indie Horror Month in April, and even did a ton of other features and articles on Daily Dead as well.

Suffice to say, 2021 was pretty darned busy for me on the writing front and because there was so much content that I absolutely adored, I decided that for my favorites list this time around, I wanted to do things a bit differently because if I dive into every single thing
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Oscar Best International Film shortlist revealed by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2021-12-21 22:59:03

Oscar Best International Film shortlist revealed by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2021-12-21 22:59:03
Paolo Sorrentino, director of the 86th Academy Awards winner The Great Beauty, has his latest The Hand Of God (a Netflix release) shortlisted for the 94th Academy Awards Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

From Kosovo, Hive, Blerta Basholli director; Belgium, Playground, Laura Wandel director; Bhutan, Lunana: A Yak In The Classroom, Pawo Choyning Dorji director; Austria, Great Freedom, Sebastian Meise director; Germany, I’m Your Man, Maria Schrader director; Italy, The Hand Of God, Paolo Sorrentino director (also of the Oscar-winning The Great Beauty at the 86th Academy Awards); Japan, Drive My Car, Ryusuke Hamaguchi director; Panama, Plaza Catedral, Abner Benaim director; Norway, The Worst Person In The World, Joachim Trier director; Iran, A Hero, Asghar Farhadi director; Spain, The Good Boss, Fernando León de Aranoa director; Denmark, Flee, Jonas Poher Rasmussen director; Mexico, Prayers For The Stolen, Tatiana Huezo director; Finland, Compartment No. 6, Juho Kuosmanen director, and Iceland, Lamb, Valdimar Jóhannsson director
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Oscars International Feature Shortlist: Which Films Could Make The Cut

Oscars International Feature Shortlist: Which Films Could Make The Cut
The 15-strong shortlist for the Oscars’ International Feature Film category is due on Tuesday, so it’s time to run down my annual preview of titles that have a good shot at making the cut. Films from a total 93 countries are eligible in the race this year, and below we take a close look at a selection of them.

As continues to be the case every year, this is a strong crop of work from diverse voices around the world. Themes range from the personal to the audacious, from true-life to folkloric and mystical, and include humanistic takes — in some cases dramatic, and in some, comedic.

Prizewinners from festivals, notably Cannes this year, make up a number of the entries, while Sundance also has a prominent showing.

Deadline, through its various Contenders events, as well as separate interviews, has spoken with the filmmakers behind many of the overall entries. Each
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The Best Movie Posters of 2021

The Best Movie Posters of 2021
1. FleeThe official release poster for Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s animated refugee memoir Flee—the one you might have seen more often than this—isn’t half bad: the film’s subject, Amin, is revealed in the elongated ascenders of the title, as if behind bars, while a happy memory of him as a child slips freely into the poster’s negative space. And, to be honest, the design I have chosen as my favorite movie poster of the year (this is the original Swedish version but a US version of this design has been seen in the wild) doesn’t express Flee half as well as that other one does. Its it-takes-a-village cast of characters promises something different from the film itself, which is a lean and harrowing and often solitary odyssey from Afghanistan to Denmark, and from childhood to manhood. That said, I can’t stop loving this poster
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Moviegoing Memories: Valdimar Jóhannsson

Moviegoing Memories: Valdimar Jóhannsson
Moviegoing Memories is a series of short interviews with filmmakers about going to the movies. Valdimar Jóhannsson's Lamb is Mubi Go's Film of the Week in the UK for December 10, 2021.Notebook: How would you describe your movie in the least amount of words?Valdimar JÓHANNSSON: A modern folk tale about grief and happiness, with a surreal twist.Notebook: Where and what is your favorite movie theater? Why is it your favorite?JÓHANNSSON: I will have to name three theaters, firstly the Debussy theater in Cannes, it is grand and it was the first time Lamb was shown to a large audience; secondly would be Kino Meeting Point in Sarajevo (Bosnia-Hersegovina), where I watched over 80 films during my studies at the Film Factory; and thirdly I will say the Ritzy in Brixton, which is beautiful and where you can breath in the history of cinema.Notebook: What is the
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Lamb review – Noomi Rapace outstanding in wild horror-comedy of Icelandic loneliness

Lamb review – Noomi Rapace outstanding in wild horror-comedy of Icelandic loneliness
This outrageous story of a bereaved couple’s surrogate child ropes in a wild bestiary of creatures great and digital

Icelandic director Valdimar Jóhannsson makes a coolly outrageous feature debut with this jawdropping horror-comedy of loneliness, co-written by Jóhannsson with the lyricist and Björk collaborator Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson, or Sjón. It is performed with unflinching commitment by its executive producer-star Noomi Rapace, who is first among equals in a great cast of humans, animals and various prosthetic and digital creature effects.

Maria (Rapace) and Ingvar (Hilmir Snaer Guðnason) are an unhappy couple with a remote farm in Iceland: it gradually becomes clear they have lost their only child. The drama begins with a strange spirit-visitation in the barn that scares the animals: a ewe becomes pregnant with a bizarre animal-human hybrid and poor, stricken Maria (her name’s importance is left for us to digest) conceives a passionate attachment to this precious being,
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Movie Review – Lamb (2021)

Movie Review – Lamb (2021)
Lamb, 2021. Directed by Valdimar Jóhannsson. Starring Noomi Rapace, Hilmir Snær Guðnason, and Björn Hlynur Haraldsson. Synopsis: A childless couple, María and Ingvar discover a mysterious newborn on their farm in Iceland. The unexpected prospect of family life brings them much joy, before ultimately destroying them. As soon as Lamb ended, I immediately watched the […]

The post Movie Review – Lamb (2021) appeared first on Flickering Myth.
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Les Arcs Film Festival Unveils Work-in-Progress Lineup

Les Arcs Film Festival Unveils Work-in-Progress Lineup
Les Arcs Film Festival has unveiled the 15-title lineup of its Work-in-Progress session, the popular industry sidebar whose alumni roster include Vladimar Jóhannsson’s “Lamb,” Lukas Dhont’s “Girl” and Nora Fingscheidt’s “System Crasher.”

The section, curated by Frederic Boyer, the artistic director of Tribeca and Les Arcs Film Festival, will include “Opponent,” a drama by Swedish up-and-comer Milad Alami (“The Charmer”) and produced by Sweden’s Tangy and Norway’s Ape&Bjørn; “Preparations for a Miracle,” directed by Tobias Nölle and produced by Switzerland’s Hugofilm Features and Germany’s Flare Film; and “Silver Haze,” helmed by Sacha Polak and produced by Dutch banner Viking Film and the U.K.’s Emu Films.

Spanning 18 countries across Europe, the selection comprises films in post-production, eight of which are by female directors. Jeremy Zelnik who spearheads Les Arcs’s Industry Village received a record 164 projects, which reflects the fact that many
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Noomi Rapace & Valdimar Jóhannsson Chart The Eight-Year Journey To Birth Iceland’s Oscar Entry ‘Lamb’ – Contenders International

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Noomi Rapace & Valdimar Jóhannsson Chart The Eight-Year Journey To Birth Iceland’s Oscar Entry ‘Lamb’ – Contenders International
It took eight years and a very enticing look book before Lamb co-writer and director Valdimar Jóhannsson got Iceland’s current Oscar entry off the ground.

The A24 theatrical release follows a childless couple, Maria (Noomi Rapace) and Ingvar (Hilmir Snær Guðnason), who are desolate sheep farmers in the cold countryside. Then something wonderful happens — you could call it divine – and without spoiling too much a special someone comes into their lives. They name her Ada.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo actress told us during during the film’s panel at Deadline’s Contenders Film: International that Jóhannsson’s pitch was of few words, but rather a bulk of pictures in a heavy volume of illustrations he created. “I was drawn into the universe of Lamb,” Rapace said.

The filmmaker co-penned the screenplay with Icelandic poet Sjón. Jóhannsson even created a clay scale model of the farm he yearned to create for the film.
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Frances McDormand Could Be the First Person Nominated for Best Picture and Acting Oscars Consecutively

Frances McDormand Could Be the First Person Nominated for Best Picture and Acting Oscars Consecutively
A24 and Apple Original Films play double duty on the William Shakespeare adaptation of “The Tragedy of Macbeth” from Joel Coen. With A24’s awards website launching, their entire roster is listed for industry guilds and voters to consider this awards season. The studio that brought Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” to a best picture win and made Yuh-Jung Youn the second Asian woman to win an acting Oscar last year with “Minari” has another potentially historic event on the awards horizon.

At last year’s 93rd Oscar ceremony, Frances McDormand became the first woman to be nominated for acting and producing in the same year (Barbra Streisand and Oprah Winfrey have received nominations in acting and picture but in different years). Along with her husband, Joel Coen, and Robert Graf, McDormand is serving as a producer once again, putting herself in play to achieve a historic back-to-back feat. If nominated for actress and picture,
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