Selected as the Dutch entry for the Oscars, Buladó is a rare film that tells the magical-realistic and heartwarming story of a small family in the countryside of Curaçao. As the competing ideologies of Kenza’s father, Ouira, and her spiritual grandfather, Weljo, begin to clash, the precocious and street-wise eleven-year-old is determined to find her own path into adult life. After the loss of her mother, the three have lived together in a delicate balance of wills; her father is rational man and the town’s police officer; her grandfather is perceived as unstable, on account of his strange ramblings and bizarre art made of garbage, though upon close examination he favours the spiritual world and is connected to the history of the islands through his art; and Kenza is a bit of an outcast, always skipping class to be alone with her thoughts. Kenza hovers in-between these two worlds, uncertain of which direction feels authentic, until she finds herself more receptive to the mystical, comforting traditions of her grandfather. A gorgeously lensed work of beauty and a triumph of dramatic cinema––not to be missed!
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