As reported by RÚV, the Icelandic Film and Television Academy selected Dýrið as Iceland’s candidate for the Oscars in 2022. The film has already won two nominations and one award at Cannes and is already the highest-grossing Icelandic film to be shown in the United States.
The film is directed by Valdimar Jóhannsson, who wrote the script with Icelandic writer Sjón. Starring Noomi Rapace and Hilmir Snær Guðnason, who play María and Ingvar, a childless couple from an Icelandic village who discovers a mysterious newborn on their farm. While the initially unexpected prospect of family life brings them much joy, it ultimately destroys them.
The jury of the Icelandic Film and Television Academy praised the film for its strong image and originality. “From the very first moment, the viewer is mesmerized by a mysterious and exciting adventure,” wrote the jurors. In their statement, they called the film “a careful study of human nature, sadness and loss.”
Dýrið is currently showing in Icelandic cinemas.