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​Russian drama wins €50,000 Eurimages prize in Les Arcs

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Buzzy non-prize winners included Lamb and Shorta.

Russian filmmaker Ekaterina Selenkina’s urban drama Figures In The Urban Landscape has won the $50,000 Eurimages Lab Project Award at the Les Arcs Film Festival in the French Alps.

The production, capturing day-to-day life on the outskirts of Moscow through the drug drops of a local dealer, was among 18 projects at the production stage in Les Arcs’ Work In Progress event.

It is Selenkina’s first feature after a handful of shorts including the well-travelled Storge. Moscow-based producer Vladimir Nadein presented the project.

Greek director Gregoris Rentis’s hybrid documentary To Sail Close
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IFC Midnight Acquires North American Rights to The Other Lamb

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Following its screenings on the festival circuit (including Fantastic Fest and the Toronto International Film Festival), the cult-centric film The Other Lamb has been acquired for North American distribution by IFC Midnight, with plans to release the movie next year:

Press Release: New York, NY - IFC Midnight is acquiring North American rights to The Other Lamb directed by Małgorzata Szumowska starring Raffey Cassidy, Michiel Huisman, and Denise Gough and is written by award-winning Australian screenwriter Catherine S. McMullen (Two Sentence Horror Stories). The screenplay was featured on the 2017 Black List, Hit List and Blood List and had its World Premiere as a Special Presentation at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. The film most recently screened at the 2019 Fantastic Fest and is currently in competition at the 2019 BFI London Film Festival. Szumowska has previously won the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival 2015 for her film Body and subsequently
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Reykjavik awards top prize to ‘The Orphanage’

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16th festival under the direction of Hronn Marinosdottir also showcases new Icelandic works in progress.

The 16th Rejykavik International Film Festival (Riff) has awarded its top prize – the Golden Puffin - to Shahrbanoo Sadat’s The Orphanage, the Bollywood-tinged drama about an Afghan boy who is sent to a Russian facility which is enjoying a strong festival run after its premiere at Quinzaine in May. The winner of the sidebar Competition, A Different Tomorrow, went to the documentary Midnight Traveller, by Hassan Fazili, a documentary performer since its Sundance bow.

The Puffin awards capped a busy festival in which
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Reykjavil awards top prize to ‘The Orphanage’

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16th festival under the direction of Hronn Marinosdottir also showcases new Icelandic works in progress.

The 16th Rejykavik International Film Festival (Riff) has awarded its top prize – the Golden Puffin - to Shahrbanoo Sadat’s The Orphanage, the Bollywood-tinged drama about an Afghan boy who is sent to a Russian facility which is enjoying a strong festival run after its premiere at Quinzaine in May. The winner of the sidebar Competition, A Different Tomorrow, went to the documentary Midnight Traveller, by Hassan Fazili, a documentary performer since its Sundance bow.

The Puffin awards capped a busy festival in which
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Poland’s Madants, 42 to produce English-language thriller ‘Silent Twins’ (exclusive)

Madants is developing a slate of internationally-focused projects.

Polish production outfit Madants is set to produce the English-language Silent Twins alongside UK/Us management and production company 42.

Poland’s Agnieszka Smoczyńska is onboard to direct Silent Twins, her first stand-alone English language feature. She previously directed a segment of the anthology horror film, The Field Guide To Evil, as well as Polish-language Cannes Critics’ Week title Fugue.

Speaking to Screen at the San Sebastian Film Festival, Klaudia Smieja, co-owner of Madants, said Silent Twins will tell the story of twins who after spending 14 years in Broadmoor Psychiatric Institution speak to
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Poland’s Madants to produce English-language thriller ‘Silent Twins’ (exclusive)

Madants is developing a slate of internationally-focused projects.

Polish production outfit Madants is set to produce the English-language Silent Twins the first standalone English-language feature of rising director Agnieszka Smoczyńska.

She previously directed a segment of the anthology horror film, The Field Guide To Evil, as well as Polish-language Cannes Critics’ Week title Fugue.

Speaking to Screen at the San Sebastian Film Festival, Klaudia Smieja, co-owner of Madants, said Silent Twins will tell the story of twins who after spending 14 years in Broadmoor Psychiatric Institution speak to each other only in a language of their own creation.

The film is
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Film Movement Brings ‘A White, White Day’ to the U.S. (Exclusive)

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Film Movement Brings ‘A White, White Day’ to the U.S. (Exclusive)
Oslo — New-York based distributor Film Movement has acquired U.S. rights to critically-lauded Icelandic drama “A White, White Day,” today’s opening film at New Nordic Films in Haugesund.

In a separate deal, sales agent New Europe Film Sales has closed French-speaking Canada with Funfilm and English-speaking Canada with Game Theory.

Hlynur Pálmason’s sophomore pic, “A White, White Day” bowed at the Critics’ Week in Cannes where Icelandic heavyweight thesp Ingvar Sigurðsson won an acting prize for his solid performance as an off-duty police officer on an obsessive quest. The picture’s winning festival streak continued at the Transilvania and Motovun fests. After this week’s market screening at Haugesund confab New Nordic Films, the drama will have its North American premiere in the Toronto Festival’s Contemporary World Cinema program.

Film Movement’s president Michael Rosenberg said: “Hlynur put the international filmmaking community on notice with his feature film debut,
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New Europe Film Sales Picks Up Poland’s ‘Fools’ (Exclusive)

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Jan Naszewski’s Warsaw-based sales outlet New Europe Film Sales has picked up world sales rights for the upcoming drama “Fools,” by Berlinale Silver Bear winner Tomasz Wasilewski (“United States of Love”), produced by Ewa Puszczynska, the producer behind Pawel Pawlikowski’s Oscar-winner “Ida” and nominee “Cold War.”

Leading Polish actors Dorota Kolak and Lukasz Simlat star in a film about the difficult relationship between a mother and son, and how their choices have dramatic consequences.

Puszczynska is producing for her company Extreme Emotions, in co-production with Ada Solomon at Romania’s Hi-Film and Jamila Wenske of Germany’s One Two Films, and in association with Nem Corp. Romanian DoP Oleg Mutu returns after his previous collaboration with Wasilewski on “United States of Love,” which New Europe sold to over 30 territories.

New Europe’s Cannes line-up includes the Critics’ Week selection “A White, White Day,” by Hlynur Palmason, which sold
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Cannes: Critics’ Week’s ‘A White, White Day’ Sold to France, Australia (Exclusive)

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Urban Distribution has bought rights for France and Palace has taken rights for Australia to Hlynur Palmason’s “A White, White Day” from New Europe Film Sales, ahead of the film’s world premiere in Cannes this week, where it competes in Critics’ Week.

The film is Palmason’s second feature after “Winter Brothers,” which won four prizes at its world premiere in Locarno, and then played more than 60 festivals and won more than 30 prizes and was released in more than 10 territories.

A White, White Day” is the story of an off-duty police chief from a remote Icelandic town, who begins to suspect a local man of having had an affair with his late wife, who died in a tragic accident two years earlier. Gradually his obsession with finding out the truth accumulates and inevitably begins to endanger himself and his loved ones. The film’s team calls it “a story of grief,
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Noomi Rapace Boards Supernatural Drama ‘Lamb,’ Sold by New Europe (Exclusive)

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Noomi Rapace Boards Supernatural Drama ‘Lamb,’ Sold by New Europe (Exclusive)
Noomi Rapace has boarded Valdimar Jóhannsson’s supernatural drama “Lamb,” which New Europe Film Sales is selling at Berlin’s European Film Market.

The pic marks Rapace’s return to Scandinavian moviemaking following Hollywood movies like Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus,” with Michael Fassbender, and David Ayer’s “Bright,” alongside Will Smith and Joel Edgerton.

Lamb” is the story of a childless couple, María (Rapace) and Ingvar, who are sheep farmers in Iceland. On Christmas Eve they find a newborn who is half human, half sheep. Longing for a child of their own they decide to keep the lamb-child and raise it as their own regardless of the consequences.

Rapace said: “A script like this is rare and I directly felt that I had to do it. I’ve never done anything like this before
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'Lamb' Director Yared Zeleke on His Young Protagonist and Ethiopia's Religious Tolerance

Lamb”, directed by Yared Zeleke and presented by Ama Ampadu and Laurent Lavolé showed in Competition at Doha's Ajyal Youth Film Festival this month to an audience of youth and children under the age of 18. “Lamb” premiered in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard 2015, marking the first time an Ethiopian film has ever screened as an Official Selection at Cannes. ). It was this year’s Ethiopian submission for Academy Award© nomination for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar©.

This is no Little Bo Peep lamb. This lamb has rough brown wool and is led on a rope, dragged on a rope by a young boy, Ephraim, eight years old, who lives in the devout Coptic Christian land of Northern Ethiopia

Lamb” is a classic tale of a child and pet, the type of story which has been loved by children in every generation. Think “Old Yeller”, “Black Beauty”, “Charlotte’s Web”, “Babe”, “Lassie Come Home”. Ephraim’s pet lamb Chuni belonged to his mother who has died from the drought-caused famine hitting their land. His father must leave the boy with distant relatives while he seeks work in the city. His lamb is the only link he has to a life of happy innocence once shared with his loving mother and father.

The small nuclear family where he must stay lives together in a one-room hut: a grandmother who presides over the family, her son an authoritarian father who reacts against change of any sort, his wife and their sick child. They have also taken in the sixteen year old Tsion who is always reading and seeking ways to educate herself and eventually leaves for the city.

Ephraim does not conform to the norms of males as farmers; instead he prefers cooking.

The authoritarian patriarch of the family refuses to listen to advice of his niece about modern ways of growing crops during the drought and he forbids the child Ephraim, whose love of cooking (“girl’s work! The uncle says) leads him to make money by selling samosas at the market.

Moreover, the authoritarian father of the family wants to serve Ephraim’s lamb as a meal for the upcoming holiday feast and to save his family from starvation.

This moves Ephraim to act to save his lamb. In order to make money he sells his extraordinary samosas in the market place to raise enough to finance his trip to the city to find his father and save his sheep from being sacrificed and served for the upcoming holiday feast.

The children who saw this film at Ajyal Film Festival were entranced by how foreign and strange the landscape, and indeed, the people themselves were. The questions they asked Yared Zeleke, the director, and the two young stars, sixteen-year-old Kidist Siyum and eight year old Rediat Amare were startling. Not the usual Q&A of adults that you hear after they have seen a movie.

Was the boy really being hit?

Yared: Well yes and no. He had lots of padding, lots of practice, and the whip was very small."

Why did you have so much landscape?

Yared: Because the land was a character in the movie. The land shapes who we are. This special land in Ethiopia shapes the characters in the movie. It is as ancient as the people who practice the earliest form of Christianity and Judaism. There is so much history in the mountains. Ethiopia is the only country in Africa never colonized by Europeans. The mountains protected them and the people are very spiritual.

Yared: It was shot in Gondar, the most Jewish section of Ethiopia where Felashas (Jews) and Christians live. The Felashas are a minority and so you see the little boy is an outsider because his mother, who died of the famine and draught, was a Jew and he is given a special blessing by the priest.

When the action was going on, focus was on the boy. Why did you make the film like that?

Yared: The movie is about the boy, so everything is shown around him. Staying with the boy it’s is more “true” to stick with the character.

What was your favorite scene?

Yared: My favorite scene is the magic forest. The hardest scenes were with Chuni the lamb. I’ll never work with an animal again.

Why does your film say “dedicated to my grandmother”?

Yared: I’m from the city; I never had a pet and I don’t cook. But I went to visit my family in the country when I was little and I met my grandmother. When I was 10, I lost all my family in Ethiopia and I moved to New York.

Where do you live?

Yared: I live in Addis Adaba.

I liked seeing Muslim, Jewish and Christians together. I liked the landscapes. They were works of art. How did you choose the actors?

Yared: We auditioned and videotaped 7,000 people over six months. Half of them were kids. The two stars chosen just stood out. Without Rediat Amare playing Ephraim and Kidist Siyum playing Tsion, the movie would be completely different.

How did the 16 year old actress like her role?

Kidist Siyum: I’m a city girl, it was hard to learn to be a country girl.

Yared: Both Kidist and were very smart good students and had not acted before.

Rediat Amare : Ephraim is quiet and introverted. I am not. I’m very outgoing. We are both mischievous and misfits.

How do you feel about audiences their age seeing the movie?

Yared: As the writer, I never thought of who it was for. I only wrote about my loss. The country is like a fairy-tale, so beautiful. I have only had adults watching it in the past so showing it to kids is great! What do you think?

Kidist Siyum : I am happy to see people my age. I hope people will take away lessons from the movie.

Why did the boy leave the lamb?

Yared: He had to let go in order to grow. Sometimes that is a part of growing up, to let go of childish things.

Lamb” is a carefully nuanced film of silences and understatements, stunning landscapes and beautiful people dressing in exotic styles. Three female figures, the grandmother, the mother and the teenaged Tsion, the strong-willed nose-in-a-book girl bring a measured warmth and depth which increases our feel that we are participating in their lives, lived in such close quarters, beautifully shot and a contrast to the vast and beautiful mountainous countryside of Ethiopia where Ephraim spends much of his waking and dreaming hours.

Christians, Jews, Muslims and others lead a peaceful coexistence in what looks like a hard life but still a life in a sort of paradise which is disappearing. To see it in a family setting will instill a special feeling of participating in the audiences.

The music is outstanding as is the final celebratory dance, with shimmy shoulder shaking I have never seen before.

Lamb” (not to be confused with Ross Partridge’s “Lamb” soon to be released stateside by The Orchard) is the first film of director Yared Zeleke, who received an Mfa in Writing and Directing from Nyu.

It was workshopped in Addis Ababa. The producer, Slum Kid Films, an Ethiopia-based film production company co-founded by Ama Ampadu aims to discover and nurture emerging talent in Ethiopia, as well as to support the development of Ethiopian filmmaking.

Ama knows the European system of filmmaking and was able to secure support from Acp from Norway and Cnc from France. The fact that "Lamb" was selected for the Cannes L'Atelier film financing summit two years ago, almost assured that, upon completion, it would premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, as it now has.

France, Ethiopia, Germany and Norway are represented by coproducers Gloria Films, Slum Kid Films, Heimatfilm, Dublin Films, Film Farms, Zdf/Das kleine Fernsehspiel.

Producers are Ama Ampadu, Laurent Lavolé, Johannes Rexin. Co-producers are Alan R. Milligan. Executive producers David Hurst, Bettina Brokemper.

Medienboard Berlin funded this international co-production and Naomi Kawase’s “An”, both of which played in Cannes’ official selection this year.

It was supported by the Doha Film Institute, which has funded more than 220 projects since its inception. Five of their grantees made their world premieres in the Festival de Cannes this year in various sections among which ‘"Lamb" was in the main world cinema showcase, Un Certain Regard. The others were "Waves ’98" by Elie Dagher (Lebanon, Qatar) in the Official Short Film Competition; "Dégradé" by Tarzan and Arab Abunasser (Palestine, France, Qatar) and " Mediterranea" by Jonas Carpignano (Italy, France, Germany, Qatar) in the Critics’ Week and "Mustang" by Deniz Gamze Ergüven (Turkey, France, Germany, Qatar) selected for the Directors’ Fortnight.

International sales agent is Films Distribution. The film has been has licensed to

Kimstim Films for U.S.

Haut et Court for France

Neue Visionen for Germany

Trigon film for Switzerland

Filmarti for Turkey

Moving Turtle for Middle East

Ost for Paradis for Denmark

Mantarraya for Mexico

Betta Pictures for Spain

Maison Motion for Taiwan

Suraya for South Asia

Bio Paradis for Iceland

DDDream for China

7ème Ciné Art for Tunisia and Morocco
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Movie Review – Lamb (2015)

Lamb, 2015.

Written and Directed by Ross Partridge.

Starring Ross Partridge, Oona Laurence, Jess Weixler, Tom Bower, Scoot McNairy, and Lindsay Pulsipher.

Synopsis:

When a man meets a young girl in a parking lot he attempts to help her avoid a bleak destiny by initiating her into the beauty of the outside world. The journey shakes them in ways neither expects.

Uncomfortable platonic tension and inappropriate awkwardness loom over virtually every scene in Lamb. Some will outright write the movie off based on its subject material alone, but anyone who gives it a chance will find themselves rewarded with what will wind up as one of the most complex and emotional works of the year.

Lamb (adapted from the novel of the same name) could have went wrong from the very moment a depressed and mentally broken 47-year-old man named David is approached by an 11-year-old girl named Tommie in a
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Lamb – The Review

A character acknowledging that it’s weird doesn’t make it any less weird. A 47 yr old man and an 11 yr old girl form a relationship, and yes, it is weird. He then takes her to a hotel room. And from there he even takes her to a secluded cabin in the woods. However, Lamb seems intent to look at these situations with unbiased eyes. This adaptation of Bonnie Nadzam’s novel aims to present a challenging film that confronts viewers with an unorthodox relationship that takes a turn into dangerous territory. But for many people (including myself), it won’t be a challenge to feel uncomfortable about this relationship.

David Lamb (Ross Partridge) is struggling to cope with the death of his father and an ongoing divorce. He finds a form of peace when Tommie (Oona Laurence) walks into his life. Tommie is an eleven year old girl who,
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Sam Waterston-Kristen Stewart Drama ‘Anesthesia’ & Ross Partridge’s ‘Lamb’ Hit Art Houses – Specialty Preview

Sam Waterston-Kristen Stewart Drama ‘Anesthesia’ & Ross Partridge’s ‘Lamb’ Hit Art Houses – Specialty Preview
After the onslaught of limited-release films during the fall, 2016 seems comparatively light so far, though that likely will be short-lived. Perhaps it’s an interim calm before the Sundance and Phase Two Awards storm. But audiences looking to get their fill of new indies in theaters this weekend will have a choice of features starring a bevy of stars. Actor Ross Partridge went both in front and behind the camera for Lamb, in which he stars with Scoot McNairy, Tom Bower
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Springboard: 'Lamb' Filmmaker and Star Ross Partridge Understands Why His Film is So Controversial

Springboard: 'Lamb' Filmmaker and Star Ross Partridge Understands Why His Film is So Controversial
Read More: The 2015 Indiewire Springboard Bible Indiewire's Springboard column profiles up-and-comers in the film industry worthy of your attention. Ross Partridge doesn't harbor any illusions about the controversial nature of his feature film, "Lamb," a project that he deems both "troubling" and emblematic of audiences' desires to box emotionally fraught stories into easily consumable boxes. The film, which has played around the festival circuit since first debuting at SXSW last year, even has a poster that boasts of its hard-to-pin-down nature, including pull quotes that hinge on its "intensely provocative" nature and even a rallying cry to "let the controversy begin." But that's not why Partridge was compelled to the make the film, which he wrote, produced, directed and starred in. He just loved the story, and maybe that will be enough for audiences to take a chance on it. Based on Bonnie Nadzam's novel of the same name,
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Review: Unsettling Indie Drama 'Lamb' Stars Ross Partridge And Oona Laurence

Rarely does a non-horror movie bring on such feelings of continuous discomfort and unease as audiences will likely feel here. Rather than a plot built around the supernatural or a serial killer, “Lamb” focuses on the unconventional friendship between a 47-year-old man and an 11-year-old girl to elicit those same emotions. There’s constant acknowledgment of the weirdness in this pairing, but that doesn’t make it any less uncomfortable. Based on Bonnie Nadzam’s novel, “Lamb” explores the relationship between two broken people. In addition to duties as writer and director, Ross Partridge stars as David Lamb, a man whose father has just died, whose job is endangered, and whose marriage is equally in trouble. He searches for solace in an affair with a colleague (Jess Weixler), but it’s only when he meets young Tommie (Oona Laurence) that he seems to find direction. In the moments of their
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Watch: Take a Drive in Exclusive Clip from Acclaimed SXSW Drama ‘Lamb’

Premiering to acclaim at South by Southwest last year, Ross Partridge‘s drama Lamb follows a mysterious relationship with a man and young girl as he helps her avoid a bleak destiny by initiating her into the beauty of the outside world. It’s set for a theatrical and VOD release over the next few days, and today we have an exclusive clip.

Taking place earlier in the story, which is based on Bonnie Nadzam‘s novel, it shows a brief part of the journey featuring our two main characters, one played by Partridge and the other by Oona Laurence (Southpaw). Also starring Jess Weixler, Tom Bower, Scoot McNairy, Lindsay Pulsipher, Joel Murray, and Jennifer Lafleur, check out our exclusive clip below, along with the trailer and poster.

Based on the novel by Bonnie Nadzam, ‘Lamb’ traces the self-discovery of David Lamb (Partridge) in the weeks following the disintegration of
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The 7 Indies You Must See on VOD This January: 'Lamb,' 'Synchronicity' and More

The 7 Indies You Must See on VOD This January: 'Lamb,' 'Synchronicity' and More
Read More: The 13 Indies You Must See This January: 'The Clan,' 'Aferim!' and More "This is Happening" (January 5)After expanding into VOD and distribution, crowdfunding platform Seed&Spark is pairing with Paladin, which recently released "What We Do in the Shadows," to release "This is Happening." The film was funded through Seed&Spark and marks the debut of writer-director Ryan Jaffe. Starring James Wolk, Mickey Sumner and Cloris Leachman, the madcap comedy revoves around two siblings tasked with delivering their unruly grandmother to an assisted living home. When she runs away, the film morphs into a classic road movie, complete with a stolen car, a hidden stash of five pounds of marijuana and the stuffed body of a dearly departed Shih Tzu named Ralph. "Lamb" (January 12) In the upcoming drama "Lamb," writer-director Ross Partridge stars as down-on-his-luck David Lamb, who finds himself living...
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Lamb | Review

Strangers With Cabins : Partridge’s Uncomfortable Sophomore Film

Returning behind the camera for the first time since his 2000 debut indie film Interstate 84, actor Ross Partridge reaches uncomfortable and unpredictable heights with Lamb, an adaptation of a novel by Bonnie Nadzam. Exploring a socially inappropriate relationship between a middle aged man and a pre-teen female barely on the horizon of adolescence, Ross reaches a perfect emotional pitch in-between punctuations of queasy discomfort. With impressive finesse, Partridge, who adapted the screenplay, maintains the sense of dense characterization sometimes lost in cinematic translations dealing with material as fragile as this.

Having just buried his father and in the midst of a divorce, Chicago businessman David Lamb (Partridge) finds himself adrift in an increasing tangle of little white lies and untruths that have forced him into a stagnant personal ennui. He’s having a tepid affair with co-worker, Linny (Jess Weixler), though
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‘Lamb’ Trailer: A Dark and Promising Indie Spirit Award Nominated Drama

‘Lamb’ Trailer: A Dark and Promising Indie Spirit Award Nominated Drama
Within the contrived plot of Southpaw, Oona Laurence helped ground a familiar father-daughter relationship. Now Lawrence is returning to a father-daughter relationship with Lamb, except with a slightly unconventional spin. After the jump, watch the Lamb trailer. The film is written and directed by Ross Partridge, who also co-stars in the film. Lamb centers around a troubled adult and child who strike up […]

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