THE BIRD CAN'T FLY

THE BIRD CAN'T FLY

Synopsis

Melody returns home to Fairlands for the funeral of her estranged daughter June. But the town has almost disappeared under the encroaching desert. She also has to confront the fact that she has a 10 year old grandson, River, whose existence she knew nothing about.Melody decides to take River away with her but he is resistant. He has worked out an ambitious plan to survive, by breeding the ostriches he and his mother used to feed.

His father, Scoop, an idle musician and the town’s postman, wants her to leave because he has a secret to hide. A series of confrontations ensues until Melody discovers the truth. It’s only when a sandstorm forces Melody and River to take shelter together, that Melody faces some painful facts from her past, which allows both of them to reach an understanding and to begin a new future together.

Technical Information

2007; Netherlands, South Africa, Ireland; Drama, Women; 89 minutes; 35mm, HDCAM-SR; 1.33:1 (4:3); Dolby SRD; Original Language: English; Subtitles: French, Spanish; Dubbed Versions: German

DIRECTOR

Threes Anna

EDITOR

Wouter Jansen

MUSIC

Paul Hepker, Mark Kilian

PRODUCTION COMPANY

24fps features

CO-PRODUCER

IMG Productions, Borderline Productions

PRODUCER

Anton Scholten, Joel Phiri, Tom Maguire, Threes Anna

LINE PRODUCER:

Rachel Young

CINEMATOGRAPHER:

Guido van Gennep

WARDROBE:

Diana Cilliers

Melody

Barbara Hershey

River

Yusuf Davids

Scoop

Tony Kgoroge

Stone

John Kani

THREES ANNA

Threes Anna is a writer and director from the Netherlands who works in three fields – literature, film and theatre.

From 1989 to 1999 Threes Anna operated as the Company Artistic Director of Dogtroep. In this capacity she wrote and directed over 50 site-specific theatrical spectacles all across the globe. Her fascination with extreme situations and locations was roused during this period. From one of her shows, Noordwesterwals, a spectacular performance in which 1.2 million litres of water formed the lead, she made a short film. During the 90’s Threes Anna also made several documentaries on visual artists and their work.

In 1998 she began to develop her first film script ‘The Bird Can’t Fly’. In June 2003 her first novel, De kus van de weduwe (The Widow’s Kiss), was published; in 2005 her novel Motormoeder (Motor Mother); both published by Vassallucci, Amsterdam. In August 2006 publishing house Querido published her novel De stille stad (The Silent City). In autumn 2007 the novel ‘Vogel kan niet vliegen’ (The Bird Can’t Fly) will be published.

Beside her own work Threes Anna gives lectures and workshops all around the world about directing and site-specific theatre.

Threes Anna has been nominated in the Best First-time Director category at the Dutch Film Festival in Utrecht which begins on September 26th.

2009

MÓSTOLES INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Oct 17 – 25 (in competition)

MADRID MÓSTOLES INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Oct 17 – 25 (in competition)

 

MADRID MÓSTELES IFF

Best Script Award

Aug 28

JAMESON BELFAST FILM FESTIVAL

Mar 26 – Apr 04

NORDIC FILM FESTIVAL

Mar 18 – 29

2008

CINÉCLUB NÉERLANDAIS

Nov 14 – 14

KOLKATA INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Nov 10 – 17

SEOUL INT. FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL

Oct 22 – 28

MOVE IT! FILM FESTIVAL

Oct 18 – 19

MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL

Oct 02 – 12

INT. WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL

Sep 15 – 25

DURBAN INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Jul 23 – Aug 03

FESTROIA

Jun 06 – 15 (in competition)

INT. FILMFEST EMDEN-NORDERNEY

Jun 04 – 11 (in competition)

PEACEFULFISH

May 01 – 01

INT. FILM FESTIVAL MALMÖ

Apr 16 – 18

VILNIUS INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Apr 03 – 17

SOFIA INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Mar 13 – 21

GOTEBORG FILM FESTIVAL

Jan 25 – Feb 04

2007

SAN SEBASTIAN FILM FESTIVAL

Sep 20 – 29 (in competition)

 

DUTCH FILM FESTIVAL

Best New Director Award

May 16

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