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Valdimar Jóhannsson’s Lamb takes home 12 prizes from this year’s Edda Awards

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- The supernatural drama scooped myriad trophies, including Best Feature, Best Director and Best Screenplay, whilst the series Sisterhood was awarded with three statuettes

Valdimar Jóhannsson’s Lamb takes home 12 prizes from this year’s Edda Awards
A moment from this year's ceremony (© Skjáskot/RÚV)

On Sunday 18 September, the Icelandic Film and Television Academy announced the recipients of this year’s prestigious Edda Awards. The Eddas, established in 1999, honour the biggest national film and TV successes of the season, and are the most prominent awards in the local audiovisual industry. The 2022 edition saw the triumph of Valdimar Jóhannsson’s Lamb [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Valdimar Jóhannsson
film profile
]
, in receipt of 12 accolades out of its 13 nominations, followed by the TV drama Sisterhood, awarded with three statuettes.

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Co-produced with Sweden and Poland, and premiered at Cannes last year, Lamb is a supernatural drama revolving around 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. Jóhannsson’s picture scooped the Awards for Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Cinematography and Best Original Score, among others.

Meanwhile, the TV drama Sisterhood scooped Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Best TV Fiction. The six-part show, directed by Silja Hauksdóttir and produced by Viaplay with Sagafilm, centres on a 14-year-old who vanishes without a trace at the turn of the millennium. Twenty-five years later, her body is discovered, and three friends have to face the horror of their past.

Here is a list of this year’s main award winners:

Best Feature Film
Lamb [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Valdimar Jóhannsson
film profile
]
– Valdimar Jóhannsson (Iceland/Sweden/Poland)

Best Director
Valdimar Jóhannsson – Lamb

Best Screenplay
Valdimar Jóhannsson and Sjón – Lamb

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Hilmir Snær Guðnason – Lamb

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Björn Hlynur Haraldsson – Lamb

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Jóhanna Friðrika Sæmundsdóttir – Sisterhood (Iceland)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
María Heba Þorkelsdóttir – Sisterhood

Best TV Fiction
Sisterhood – Silja Hauksdóttir

Best Documentary
Raise the Bar – Gudjon Ragnarsson (Iceland)

Best Short Film
Heartless – Haukur Björgvinsson (Iceland)

Best Make-up
Ragna Fossberg – Katla (Iceland)

Best Production Design
Snorri Freyr Hilmarsson – Lamb

Best Costumes
Margrét Einarsdóttir – Lamb

Best Special Effects
Frederik Nord and Peter Hjorth – Lamb

Best Editing
Agnieszka Glinska – Lamb

Best Cinematography
Eli Arenson – Lamb

Best Sound
Ingvar Lundberg and Björn Viktorsson – Lamb

Best Original Score
Þórarinn Guðnason – Lamb

ÍKSA Honorary Award
Þráinn Bertelsson

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