As the different mentalities of rational father Ouira and spiritual grandfather Weljo start to clash, eleven-year-old Kenza is determined to find her own path into adult life. A magical-realism film placed on a junkyard in Curaçao.


Eché Janga
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Credited cast:
Tiara Richards Tiara Richards ... Kenza
Felix de Rooy Felix de Rooy ... Weljo
Everon Jackson Hooi ... Ouira
Vanessa Abad Vanessa Abad ... Sara
Bert Aengenendt Bert Aengenendt ... Investor (as Petrus Aengenendt)
Esperanza Copini Esperanza Copini ... Sara (Voice)
Alexander Rudolph Hanst Alexander Rudolph Hanst ... Motorcyclist (as Alexander Hanst / Iamdeathrow)
Chanella Hodge Chanella Hodge ... Nilfa
Janise Maria Hooi Janise Maria Hooi ... Head of a school
Alex de Lanoy Alex de Lanoy ... Emanuel
Mimoushka Lieuw Mimoushka Lieuw ... Teacher Janga
Idelma Mercelina Idelma Mercelina ... Cashier
Juric Phelipa Juric Phelipa ... Young Weljo
Zahavi Ricardo Zahavi Ricardo ... Roley
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Erik de Vries Erik de Vries ... Voice of priest


Kenza, young and headstrong, lives on a junkyard in the countryside of Curaçao with her father, Ouira, and grand- father, Weljo. The two men are true polar opposites: Ouira is a determined, rational police officer, while Weljo identifies with the island's spirituality and native inhabitants. As Weljo wishes to prepare his passing to the world of spirits, the relationship between Ouira and Weljo starts to escalate and eleven-year-old Kenza searches for her own path between the two extremes. The down-to-earth mentality of Ouira no longer offers her all that she needs and, slowly, she opens up to the more mystical and comforting traditions of her grandfather. Written by Keplerfilm

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Buladó tells the magical-realistic and heartwarming story of a small family in the countryside of Curaçao. As the different mentalities of rational father Ouira and spiritual grandfather Weljo start to clash, eleven-year-old Kenza is determined to find her own path into adult life.




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Official submission of Netherlands for the 'Best International Feature Film' category of the 93rd Academy Awards in 2021. See more »


Featured in Grolsch Gouden Kalveren Gala (2020) See more »

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A wonderful film
8 October 2020 | by nigiweijSee all my reviews

This Netherlands Antilles/Dutch picture is absolutely stunning, and I will certainly keep a vivid memory of it. The three lead actors - playing a young girl, her father, and her grandfather - all give strong performances, and the cinematography makes the image of this film's events, and the landscape of Curaçao, last.

Buladó is about opposites. Between movement and structure. Between realism and magic. Between pragmatism and idealism. Between the recent globalization and ancient local traditions. But, ultimately, it is the love for each other that unites the family, winning over grief.

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1 October 2020 (Netherlands) See more »

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