READ MORE: Cannes 2015: First Ethiopian “Official Selection” – Coming-of-Age Drama ‘Lamb’ by Yared Zeleke
At the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, “Lamb” had its world premiere, marking the first time an Ethiopian film has ever screened as an Official Selection at Cannes. The movie the first from director Yared Zeleke, who recieved an MFA in Writing and Directing from NYU, and it is now Ethopia’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar this year.
“Lamb” is about the friendship between a young boy named Ephraim and his pet sheep Chuni, with whom he forms a special bond after the death of his mother. Ephraim is then sent away to (literally) greener pastures to live with family in a less poverty-stricken part of the country. When Ephraim is ordered to slaughter his beloved sheep, he starts scheming a plan to save him.
The trailer above features breathtaking shots of the Ethiopian landscape, and the relationship between this young boy and his furry friend will warm your heart. “Lamb” does not yet have U.S. distribution, but it was released in France on September 30.