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When my Father Became a Bush by Nicole van Kilsdonk
Day My Father Became a Bush, the

Day My Father Became a Bush, the

When war breaks out in the south, Toda's father has to defend his country. Toda is sent to a neighbouring land, which is not a simple journey in wartime.

Before Toda's father became a bush, he was a pastry chef. Everyday he would rise before dawn to make many kinds of pastries and cakes. Then, one day, everything changes. War breaks out in the south and Toda's father has to defend his country. Toda is sent to stay with her mother, who lives in a neighbouring land... not a simple journey in wartime. But Toda is a plucky girl who doesn't give up easily - she is determined to find her mother. An adventurous story with laughs, thrills and emotion.

80’ / DCP / colour

Genre: children's, drama, family
Original title: Toen mijn vader een struik werd
Dir.: Nicole van Kilsdonk
Prod: Lemming Film (NL)
Co-prod: Nukleus Film (KR), Minds Meet (BE), A Private View (BE)
Sc: Maureen Versprille, Nicole van Kilsdonk   
D.O.P.: Gregg Telussa
Completed: July 2016
Language: Dutch
Cast: Celeste Holsheimer, Teun Kuilboer (Clean Hands, The Heineken Kidnapping) Noortje Herlaar (Paradise Trips, Miracle Monks), Anneke Blok (Love Is All, Winter in Wartime).

Festivals & awards a.o.:
Cinekid - Amsterdam International Children's Film, Television & New Media Festival
Toronto International Film Festival - TIFF Kids
FIFEM - Montreal International Children’s Film Festival - Grand Prix Children's Jury
BFI London Film Festival
Buster - Copenhagen International Children's Film Festival
Ghotenburg International Film Festival
Kristiansand International Children's Film Festival
BUFF - Malmö International Children's and Young People's Film Festival
Jio MAMI - Mumbai Film Festival with Star
New York International Children's Film Festival
Oulu International Children's Film Festival
Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival
Stockholm Feminist Film Festival
Thessaloniki International Film Festival
Kino Kino - Zagreb International Children's Film Festival

Nicole van Kilsdonk:
a.o. VENTOUX (2015, feature),  IN THE HEART (2014, feature), TAKING CHANCES (2011, feature) Awards ao: EFCA Award BUFF FF, Best Film Stuttgart Children’s FF, HEADING WEST (2010, feature), HOW TO SURVIVE MYSELF (2008, feature), JOHAN (2004, feature) Awards: Best Film Houston FF, Best Director Palm Beach FF.

Lemming Film
Ph: +31 20 661 0424

Sales: Beta Film
Ph: +49 89 673 469-80

Trailer The Day My Father Became a Bush: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFrLIBEYCcI


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