Birdland (2020)

Winner
Grand prix
du Film Court Brest
2021

Winner
Cinekid
Film Festival
2020

Official selection
Nederlands
Film Festival
2020

Official selection
Brussel
Film Festival
2021

Official selection
Dresden
Film Festival
2021

Official selection
Castrovillari
Film Festival
2021

Regisseur
Birdland (2020)
Director & screenplay
Ashgan El-Hamus
Financial partners
The Netherlands Film Fund
Director of photography
Sam du Pon
Art director
Clara Bragdon
Editor
Tessel de Vries
Sound
Koos van der Vaart
Main cast
Frieda Barnhard
Fay Vekemans
Producers
Janneke Doolaard
Sylvia Baan

Synopsis

BIRDLAND is an intimate and moving film about a daughter and a mother in a trailerpark on the outskirts of a city. The heart of the film is Skye, the tough 8-year-old daughter of Joy. Skye desires to be older and more mature, just like her mother.

She wants it so badly that in one day she tries to become her mother, copying everything she does to try and become the woman that her mother is.

Birdland tells a story about life and upbringing in freedom and the limits that Skye seeks in it. Although not a feminist pamphlet, Birdland is an ode to women and a story about breaking taboos on typical women’s subjects.

 

FESTIVALNOMINATIONS

  • Netherlands Film Festival 2020, Gouden Kalf competition & Debut competition, the Netherlands
  • Cinekid Film Festival 2020, Dutch shorts competition, the Netherlands
  • Festival de Cinema Europeen Des Arcs 2020, short film competition, France
  • GoShort International Short Film Festival 2021, Dutch competition, the Netherlands
  • International Filmfestival Assen 2021, KersVers competition, the Netherlands
  • Vers Awards 2021, LAB111, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Leiden Shorts 2021, Dutch competition, The Netherlands
  • Vox Feminae Film Festival 2021, international competition, Croatia
  • Menorca International Film Festival 2021, international short competition, Spain
  • Filmfest Dresden, Open Air Program 2021, Germany
  • Brussels Short Film Festival 2021, international competition 2021, Belgium
  • Castrovillari Film Festival 2021, international competition, Italy
  • Brest European Short Film Festival 2021, international competition, France

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