Ethiopia’s first Cannes-selected film gets U.S. theatrical release
It made its World Premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. It was the first time in Cannes Film Festival history that an Ethiopian film has screened as an “Official Selection.”
Yared Zeleke’s “Lamb” hails from Slum Kid Films, an Ethiopia-based film production company co-founded by Ama Ampadu, which aims to discover and nurture emerging talent in Ethiopia, as well as support the development of Ethiopian film-making.
The film which is also Ethiopia’s selection for Best Foreign Language Oscar consideration for 2015/2016, is set for a U.S Theatrical release.
“Lamb” tells the tale of nine-year-old Ephraim and his constant companion, a sheep named Chuni. Ephraim’s affection for Chuni deepens after he loses his mother to famine.
The film was selected to screen in the Un Certain Regard sidebar of the 2015 Cannes festival – a program created to recognize young, promising talents and to encourage innovative and daring storytelling on film.