A first look has surfaced for Yared Zeleke‘s brilliant coming-of-age drama, Lamb (2015), which is making its world premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival as the first Ethiopian feature ever screened as an “Official Selection.”
Written and directed by Zeleke, the film follows nine-year-old Ephraim (Rediat Amare) and his constant companion, a sheep named Chuni.
Ephraim’s affection for Chuni deepens after he loses his mother to famine. Consequently, his beloved father sends him and Chuni far away from their drought-stricken homeland, to live with distant relatives in a greener part of the country.
He soon becomes a homesick outcast who is always getting into trouble. When his uncle orders him to slaughter Chuni for the upcoming holiday feast, Ephraim devises a devious scheme to save the sheep and return to his father’s home.
Lamb was selected to screen in the “Un Certain Regard” sidebar of the 2015 Cannes festival, a program created to recognize young, promising talent and to encourage innovative and daring storytelling on film.
At the end of the festival, one of the films from the category will be honored with a grant to aid in its distribution in France.
Lamb was produced Ethiopia-based Slum Kid Films, co-founded by Ama Ampadu, which aims to discover and nurture emerging talent in Ethiopia, as well as to support the development of Ethiopian filmmaking. It was co-produced by Film Farms and executive produced by Dublin Films in association with Wassakara Productions.
Enjoy a first clip from the film along with a few images below.