Noomi Rapace was born and raised in Sweden but it is Iceland that is close to her heart.
Today she came ‘home’ with ‘Lamb’, a horror film set on a remote farmhouse that tastes like an Icelandic folk tale.
The film, which premiered at Cannes, definitely affected the continuation of the “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” star’s career.
“There is something very raw and real, both with the Icelandic people but also with nature, which is really a character in this film,” began Rapace, 41, sitting on the sunny terrace of the Soho Grand. from New York.
“When Valdimar (Johannsson, who created the story, co-wrote the minimal dialogue and directed) invited me to come and make this movie, it was something I wanted to do my whole life. It was like it was meant to be.
Maria de Rapace and her husband Ingvar (Hilmer Snaer Gudnason) continue to mourn their deceased daughter when something happens on Christmas that they consider miraculous.
“I always tell people who ask me what movie to do, knowing as little as possible,” said Johannsson, sitting next to Rapace.
Rapace noted: “It starts with a tragedy because they lost their daughter four years ago. Since then, it’s as if their lives were on hold. They operate, doing just what they have to do to survive.
“But, emotionally, Maria is very locked up. Then “Ada” was born and she had this opportunity to begin to heal. In the end, she is fully alive. In that sense, it’s almost like a comeback story.
Rapace will never be able to forget her first day of filming: she delivered, live, in front of the camera, three little lambs.
“We were hours away from anywhere and we shot in the summer where it’s that strange weather, which never darkens. It’s constantly daylight, so you sort of lose your sense of what’s real and what’s not.
“I had never given birth to baby lambs before. It was new! That I had to take out a baby – that smell (of blood) stays on your hand for a while.
Now, new horizons are opening up. “When I finished ‘Lamb,’ I erased everything. I strayed from everything I had planned. I just needed a break because I felt lost, then found.
“Because I came to myself. I found Noomi’s core. I reconnected with that side and my choices of actress have changed.
“I’m very specific now. I want to work with people who don’t need to be comfortable or fluid or easy. We just need to explore something together.