The Lamb (Kuzu)


Sequoia 1 Wed, Oct 8, 2014 3:00 PM
Rafael 2 Sun, Oct 12, 2014 11:30 AM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:85
Director:Kutlug Ataman
Producer:Fabian Gasmia
Kutlug Ataman
Henning Kamm
Screenwriter:Kutlug Ataman
Cinematographer:Kutlug Ataman
Cast:Nesrin Cavadzade
Cahit Gök
Nursel Köse
Güven Kiraç
Sira Lara Cantürk
Mert Tastan
Note Writer:Rod Armstrong


A boy’s circumcision and the attendant ceremony become a point of contention for his family and the village at large in this multifaceted portrait of life in rural Turkey. Living in a starkly beautiful mountainous region of northeastern Anatolia, young Mert represents the titular animal being led to the slaughter; older sister Vicdan terrifies him with stories about the looming procedure, while mother Medine wonders why her husband Ismail’s new job won’t provide enough money for a modest celebratory feast. Within this simple framework, director Kutlug Ataman weaves a complex story of simmering familial and societal tensions. Vicdan’s manipulations of her attention-stealing brother and Medine’s plot to avenge the villagers’ lack of support for her plight offer powerful critiques of gender inequality, while a sly portrayal of a lounge singer who captivates Ismail reveals the dearth of professional options for Turkish women. With concision and surprisingly wry humor, this not-so-gentle Lamb tenders the cautionary strength of a classic fable. US PREMIERE


Additional Information

Born in 1961 in Istanbul. He graduated from UCLA. Ataman is Turkey Acclaimed film-maker and contemporary artist. Ataman’s works examine the ways in which people and communities create and rewrite their identities through self-expression, blurring the line between reality and fiction. He has five featured films and won many international awards. Also nominated for the 2004 Turner Prize and won the Carnegie Prize. Ataman was Chair of the Jury at the Istanbul International FF in 2009 His latest film called Kuzu was shown at the Panorama Special section of this year’s Berlin Film Festival and received CICAE Prize.