The Lamb

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Turkey | 2014 | 85 minutes | Kutluğ Ataman

Sisterhood is unexpectedly powerful in this wry and witty tale of a poor family scrambling to make the best of their plight on the eve of their Anatolian village’s traditional manhood ceremony.

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Women hold their own (and then some) in this wry and witty tale of family life in a rural Anatolian village. Problems arise when little Mert is due to be circumcised and his struggling parents must scrape together the money for a celebration banquet as tradition demands. Unfortunately, father Ismail is out of work and mother Medine doesn’t make much gathering firewood for her neighbors. Even after Ismail lands a job, he has trouble keeping hold of what little he earns, especially after he is smitten with an alluring temptress in the city. Of more immediate concern to little Mert is his mischievous older sister’s threat—if his parents can’t find the money to buy meat for the feast, they’ll put him in the oven instead. (Why else would they call him their “little lamb?”) Black humor abounds in this clever and charming tale of the power of sisterhood in all its forms.

Director Biography
Born in Istanbul in 1961, this Turkish filmmaker is known for works that explore the lives and identities of marginalized people. He was hailed for his first feature film, Serpent’s Tale (1994), which was awarded for Best Film, Director and Screenplay from the Turkish Film Critics Association.

  • Original Language Title: Kuzu
  • Director: Kutluğ Ataman
  • Principal Cast: Nesrin Cavadzade, Cahit Gök, Mert Taştan, Sıla Lara Cantürk, Nursel Köse
  • Country: Turkey, Germany
  • Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 85 minutes
  • Producer: Kutluğ Ataman, Fabian Gasmia, Henning Kamm
  • Screenplay: Kutluğ Ataman
  • Cinematographers: Feza Çaldiran
  • Editors: Ali Aga
  • Music: Can Erdogan
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Berlin International Film Festival 2014 (CICAE Art Cinema Award)
  • Filmography: Aya Seyahat (Doc, 2009), 2 Girls (2005), Lola and Billy the Kid (1999), Karanlik Sular (1995)
  • Language: Turkish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP