Blue Bird

by Gust Van den Berghe

Belgium, 2011, 86'



One morning, Bafiokadié and his sister Téné, two African children, leave their village. The only thing on their mind is to find their lost blue bird before the day is over. But they will find much more along their way: they encounter their deceased grand-parents, they fight the soul of the forest and learn from the Chief of Pleasure. Everyone tells them a story about life and death. At the end of their long journey, the brother and sister enter the Kingdom of the Future and meet some yet-to-be born children. Delighted with this discovery, they eventually return home. Blue Bird is a story about how one day in a child’s life can change its world. For as we lose something we gain something.

Reviews

"A charmingly enigmatic story (...) Graceful and engaging"
Marc Adams, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

"Plenty of humor and warmth (...) An impressively comfortable marriage between European filmmaking technique with an African sensibility"
Leslie Felperin, VARIETY

"A soulful journey across the savannahs of Togo (...) scored with celestial music, and shot with lots of striking low angles and vast horizons"
David Rooney, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

"A slightly crazy and offbeat world."
LE MONDE
 

"One of the most charm-filled moments of my Cannes experience (...) A magical journey"
MsWoo, INDIEWIRE

"Enter the enchanting, refined, and strange world of timeless beauty that is BLUE BIRD."
Fabien Lemercier, CINEUROPA

"The filmmaker plays the role of a fairy and opens up invisible worlds.... After Little Baby Jesus of Flanders, Gust Van den Berghe confirms his talent and shows his enormous potential. The most beautiful Belgian films of the future will be made by him."
Guillaume Richard, UNIVERSCINE

"A striking approach, that surprises and seduces."
CINEVOX

 

"The young director Gust Van den Berghe has created an enchanting, funny and touching Maeterlinck adaptation"
Patrick Duynslaegher, FOCUS KNACK

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Gust Van den Berghe


Passionate about music, Gust Van den Berghe got involved in dance at a early age and performed among others with Praga Khan, the Ballet Royal of Flanders, and Marc Bogaerts. Gust then joined the School of Audiovisual Art of Brussels where he directed his first full-length feature film LITTLE BABY JESUS OF FLANDR, which was selected to compete in the Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010. BLUE BIRD is his second feature film.

 

FILMOGRAPHY

2011 BLUE BIRD, Fiction, 75 min.
2010 PETIT BEBE JESUS DE FLANDR, Fiction, 73 min.
2008 TEGENPOLEN, Documentary
2007 LES PETITS ROIS, Short documentary
2007 cum*SHOT, Documentary
2007 ON THE SURFACE, Short film
2006 CUT, Short fiction
2006 MY DADDY AND ME, Short Fiction

 

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Cast

Potey Bafiokadié
Potey Téné
Ayekem Narisse
N’Dah Dodji
Sansamou N’Tché
Koutangou Tayita
Natta Oufia
Sansamou N’Tcha Emmanuel
Bani Nanty Libéria 
 

Crew / Technical Info

Written and directed by: Gust Van den Berghe
Produced by:  Tomas Leyers
Inspired:  ‘L’oiseau Bleu’ by Maurice Maeterlinck
Assistant director: Eric N’dah Bayiekoba
Director of Photography: Hans Bruch Jr.
Sound: Matthias Hillegeer
Editing: David Verdurme
Music: Michel Bisceglia
Production Manager: Marc Goyens
Production Coordinator: Maarten Schmidt
Production Assistants: Bani Nanty Libéria, Yakpata Batabanawe Raymond, Naffa Yauve Donné
Production Design: Nils Valkenborgh
 

Assistant director: Eric N’dah Bayiekoba
Director of Photography: Hans Bruch Jr.
Sound: Matthias Hillegeer
Editing: David Verdurme
Music: Michel Bisceglia
Production Manager: Marc Goyens
Production Coordinator: Maarten Schmidt
Production Assistants: Bani Nanty Libéria, Yakpata Batabanawe Raymond, Naffa Yauve Donné
Production Design: Nils Valkenborgh

 

Technical Info

Category: Feature Film
Original Language: Tamberma
Format: DCP
Screen Ratio: Super Scope (1:3)
Sound: 
Dolby 5.1

 

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Festivals

 

PREMIERE

Cannes 2011, Directors' Fortnight


MAIN SELECTIONS

Karlovy Vary 2011, Another View
Busan 2011, World Cinema
Festival du Nouveau Cinéma 2011, Competition
Sevilla 2011, Official Section

Year: 
2011
Duration: 
86'

Gust Van den Berghe


Passionate about music, Gust Van den Berghe got involved in dance at a early age and performed among others with Praga Khan, the Ballet Royal of Flanders, and Marc Bogaerts. Gust then joined the School of Audiovisual Art of Brussels where he directed his first full-length feature film LITTLE BABY JESUS OF FLANDR, which was selected to compete in the Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010. BLUE BIRD is his second feature film.

 

Poster: 
Country: 
Belgium Belgium



One morning, Bafiokadié and his sister Téné, two African children, leave their village. The only thing on their mind is to find their lost blue bird before the day is over. But they will find much more along their way: they encounter their deceased grand-parents, they fight the soul of the forest and learn from the Chief of Pleasure. Everyone tells them a story about life and death. At the end of their long journey, the brother and sister enter the Kingdom of the Future and meet some yet-to-be born children. Delighted with this discovery, they eventually return home. Blue Bird is a story about how one day in a child’s life can change its world. For as we lose something we gain something.

Reviews: 

"A charmingly enigmatic story (...) Graceful and engaging"
Marc Adams, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

"Plenty of humor and warmth (...) An impressively comfortable marriage between European filmmaking technique with an African sensibility"
Leslie Felperin, VARIETY

"A soulful journey across the savannahs of Togo (...) scored with celestial music, and shot with lots of striking low angles and vast horizons"
David Rooney, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

"A slightly crazy and offbeat world."
LE MONDE
 

"One of the most charm-filled moments of my Cannes experience (...) A magical journey"MsWoo, INDIEWIRE"Enter the enchanting, refined, and strange world of timeless beauty that is BLUE BIRD."Fabien Lemercier, CINEUROPA"The filmmaker plays the role of a fairy and opens up invisible worlds.... After Little Baby Jesus of Flanders, Gust Van den Berghe confirms his talent and shows his enormous potential. The most beautiful Belgian films of the future will be made by him."Guillaume Richard, UNIVERSCINE"A striking approach, that surprises and seduces."CINEVOX 

"The young director Gust Van den Berghe has created an enchanting, funny and touching Maeterlinck adaptation"Patrick Duynslaegher, FOCUS KNACK

Trailer / Extracts: 
Synopsis: 



One morning, Bafiokadié and his sister Téné, two African children, leave their village. The only thing on their mind is to find their lost blue bird
before the day is over. But they will find much more along their way: they encounter their deceased grand-parents, they fight the soul of the 
forest and learn from the Chief of Pleasure. Everyone tells them a story about life and death. At the end of their long journey, the brother and 
sister enter the Kingdom of the Future and meet some yet-to-be born children. Delighted with this discovery, they eventually return home. 
Blue Bird is a story about how one day in a child’s life can change its world. For as we lose something we gain something.

Cast details: 

Potey Bafiokadié
Potey Téné
Ayekem Narisse
N’Dah Dodji
Sansamou N’Tché
Koutangou Tayita
Natta Oufia
Sansamou N’Tcha Emmanuel
Bani Nanty Libéria 
 

Crew / Technical Info: 

Written and directed by: Gust Van den Berghe
Produced by:  Tomas Leyers
Inspired:  ‘L’oiseau Bleu’ by Maurice Maeterlinck
Assistant director: Eric N’dah Bayiekoba
Director of Photography: Hans Bruch Jr.
Sound: Matthias Hillegeer
Editing: David Verdurme
Music: Michel Bisceglia
Production Manager: Marc Goyens
Production Coordinator: Maarten Schmidt
Production Assistants: Bani Nanty Libéria, Yakpata Batabanawe Raymond, Naffa Yauve Donné
Production Design: Nils Valkenborgh
 

Assistant director: Eric N’dah BayiekobaDirector of Photography: Hans Bruch Jr.Sound: Matthias HillegeerEditing: David VerdurmeMusic: Michel BiscegliaProduction Manager: Marc GoyensProduction Coordinator: Maarten SchmidtProduction Assistants: Bani Nanty Libéria, Yakpata Batabanawe Raymond, Naffa Yauve DonnéProduction Design: Nils Valkenborgh

 Technical InfoCategory: Feature FilmOriginal Language: TambermaFormat: DCPScreen Ratio: Super Scope (1:3)Sound: Dolby 5.1 

Awards: 
Festivals: 

 

PREMIERE

Cannes 2011, Directors' Fortnight


MAIN SELECTIONS

Karlovy Vary 2011, Another View
Busan 2011, World Cinema
Festival du Nouveau Cinéma 2011, Competition
Sevilla 2011, Official Section

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