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Netherlands, 2012, 81 Minute Running Time
Topics: Coming of Age, Family Friendly
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Dutch English Sub-Titles

Awards: Winner: Best First Feature and Best Youth Film, Berlin International Film Festival

Jojo, a lively 10-year-old with a difficult home life marked by a volatile father and an absent mother, finds solace in an unexpected friendship with an abandoned baby jackdaw. When he brings the bird home, he has to keep it hidden from his father, who doesn’t like having wild things in the house. ? ?Every now and then, Jojo secretly calls his mother but doesn’t tell her about his jackdaw friend. He wants to surprise her with the bird on her birthday, which is just around the corner. But Jojo’s father is adamant that he doesn’t want to celebrate the birthday of someone who is not present. Since the father suffers from violent mood swings, Jojo has to be very careful. Through his special friendship with the bird and the adaptability that only children possess, Jojo finds a way to break down the wall surrounding his father’s heart. This poignant, emotionally astute coming of age drama will remind older film fans of Ken Loach’s classic Kes.

Winner: Best First Feature and Best Youth Film, Berlin Film Festival; Discovery Award, European Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Boudewijn Koole
Producer: Jan van der Zanden, Sandra Beerends, Marina Blok, Wilant Boekelman
Editor: Gys Zevenbergen
Screenwriter: Jolein Laarman, Boudewijn Koole
Cinematographer: Daniël Bouquet
Music: Helge Slikker
Principal Cast: Rick Lens, Loek Peters, Susan Radder, Hüseyin Cahit Ölmez
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Attraction Distribution - www.attractiondistribution.ca

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