The Lamb (Kuzu)

The wife of the village’s poorest family, Medine, wishes to make her mark in the community by throwing a feast for the circumcision of her son, Mert. Her husband is worried about the related expenses. Medine asks for help from all the people in the village, but they continue to isolate her. Medine’s disappointment gradually increases. The Feast day comes. Medine serves meat to the guests and declares that she has served them her little lamb, Mert. The guests are terrified. They have been tricked by a madwoman. Afraid of being labelled as cannibals, they decide to keep what happened as a secret. Medine escapes. In the village daily life looks normal. However, nothing is ever the same.

Director’s note
When common values defended by a community cannot be realised for some reason or another, what happens to individuals who are the building blocks of the community? What is community? My aim is to illustrate the confrontation between modernising and traditional forces, in a country that is changing rapidly.

World Premiere
Berlin International Film Festival 2014, Panorama

Key festivals and awards
Golden Orange and Turkish Film Critics Association Award Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival 2014
C.I.C.A.E. Award, Berlin International Film Festival 2014
Chicago International Film Festival 2014
Sarajevo Film Festival 2014
Valladolid International Film Festival 2014

Turkey, 2014
Director: Kutlug Ataman
Producers: The Institute for the Readjustment of Clocks (Turkey), Detailfilm (Germany)
German WCF partner: Detailfilm
World sales: Detail Film (Germany)

Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2012
Funding amount: 30,000 €