World Cinema Amsterdam | Internationaal filmfestival | 18 – 27 Augustus 2016

La Culpa del Cordero

Gabriel Drak | Uruguay, Argentina | 2012 | 81' | Spanish |English subtitles

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It was supposed to become such a great day... Jorge and Elena, married for 35 years, have invited their three children and their family out for a festive BBQ with lamb roast and everything. Their place of choice: the garden of a beautiful little farm near the Atlantic coast, where all their important family events are held. Jorge has recently retired and is ready to make some life-altering changes. He plans to tell his children this during the BBQ. But as the day wears on, more and more nasty family secrets emerge. Tensions rise, everyones annoyance increases, things are said that had better been left unsaid. Is the lamb to blame?

First-time director Gabriel Drak was also responsible for the screenplay and production of this caustically humoristic portrait of a middle-class Uruguayan family. His film is vaguely reminiscent of Thomas Vinterbergs Festen. With his debut he joins the ranks of successful Uruguayan directors like Pablo Stoll Ward, Adrin Biniez, Ana Guevara Pose and Leticia Jorge Romero, and proves that Uruguayan cinema is alive and kicking.

Rialto: TUE 13 aug 19:45 
Rialto: THU 15 aug 19:30 
De Balie: FR 16 aug 21:45