LAMB

a film by  Yared Zeleke

FILM INFO

Year: 2015

Country: Ethiopia-France-Germany-Norway-Qatar

Runtime: 94 mins

Color

Language: Amharic

Subtitles: English

 

 

Synopsis

Credits

Reviews

Festivals

Press Materials

Yared Zeleke’s remarkable feature debut tells the story of young Ephraim, a half-Jewish, Ethiopian boy who is sent by his father to live among distant relatives after his mother’s death. Ephraim uses his cooking skills to carve out a place among his cousins, but when his uncle decides that his beloved sheep must be sacrificed for the next religious feast, he will do anything to save the animal and return home.

 

Drawing amazing performances from his cast of professional and non-professional actors, first time filmmaker Yared Zeleke tells his deceptively simple story with a refreshing honesty and naturalness. Beautifully shot against the majestic backdrop of Ethiopia's southern mountains, Lamb is an affecting tale about what people will risk in order to take charge of their own destinies.

 

Lamb is the first film from Ethiopia to be included in the Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival and the country’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. Highly praised in Cannes and Toronto, the film has enjoyed international press attention in the Daily Monitor in Ethiopia, the New York Times, the Guardian, as well as coverage on BBC, CNN, and other media outlets.

CAST

Rediat Amare  ... Ephraim

Kidist Siyum  ... Tsion

Welela Assefa ... Emama

Surafel Teka ... Solomon

 

CREW

Directed:

Yared Zeleke

 

Screenplay:

Yared Zeleke

 

Producer(s):

Laurent Lavolé (Gloria Films)

Ama Ampadu (Slum Kid Films)

 

PRESS QUOTES

 

“Sheer Brilliance!”

– The Guardian

 

“BEAUTIFUL!  (LAMB) is a delicately satisfying drama with coming-of-age elements, deeply sympathetic to its characters and very much attuned to the landscape around them.” - Variety

 

“Beautifully Crafted”

– THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

 

“Filled with local color and spectacular landscapes”

– SCREEN DAILY

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-32831976

 

http://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2015/10/26/spc-inside-africa-ethiopia-film-a.cnn

 

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/may/21/lamb-review-a-gorgeous-study-of-rural-ethiopian-life#img-1

 

http://variety.com/2015/film/festivals/lamb-review-cannes-yared-zeleke-1201503603/

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/23/movies/at-cannes-film-festival-good-sometimes-isnt-enough.html?_r=0

 

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-cam-palm-springs-film-fest-lamb-director-yared-zeleke-20160103-column.html

 

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/e8045708-6ce7-11e5-8171-ba1968cf791a.html#axzz3oBENSkZ5

 

http://www.filmcomment.com/blog/new-york-jewish-film-festival-2016-interviews/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=socialnetwork

 

 

 

 

 

AWARDS

 

 • Cannes 2015, Un certain regard

 • Toronto 2015, Contemporary World Cinema

 • Winner Feature film Competition in Milano FF

 • Winner Special Jury Prize (Krzysztof Kieslowski Award) for

    Yared Zeleke - 2016 Denver Film Festival

 • Oscars 2016, Ethiopian entry

 • Official Selection NY Jewish Film Festival

 • Best Director Best First Feature Narrative at the Pan African

    Film festival

 

 

 

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