Horror films have been getting their due this year–domestically and at overseas film festivals.
The Icelandic horror film Lamb this weekend was awarded the top prize for best feature-length film at the celebrated Sitges Fantasy Film Festival, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Sitges–held in Spain–is one of the world’s foremost international festivals for horror and fantasy films.
Lamb–which premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival in July–is the debut feature from writer/director Valdimar Johannsson. The film–distributed in North America by A24–hit local theaters earlier this month.
In addition, the star of Lamb–Noomi Rapace–took home the Best Actress Award for her role as Maria, sharing the honor with Susanne Jensen for her performance in the Austrian horror film Luzifer.
In the R-rated Lamb, a childless couple–Maria and Ingvar–discover “a mysterious newborn–a human/sheep hybrid–on their farm in Iceland. The unexpected prospect of family life brings them joy, before ultimately destroying them,” according to the official synopsis.
Earlier this year, another horror film–Titane–was singled out for excellence, winning the prestigious Palme d’Or at Cannes. DIrector Julia Ducournau became only the second female filmmaker to receive the honor in the 74-year history of the festival. Titane was released by Neon in the U.S. earlier this month.
Keep reading Horror News Network for any further updates on Lamb or Titane.