The prestigious Zlin Film Festival in the Czech Republic crowned Olivier Ringer’s film yesterday. “Birds of passage” was awarded the Golden Slipper, main prize at the festival, as well as the European Children Film Association Prize (ECFA).
The Zlin Film Festival is the oldest and largest film festival dedicated to childhood and youth. Since 2010 festival attendance has exceeded 95,000 spectators of all ages. After winning the Grand Prix de Montreal at the FIFEM, Birds of passage is building a solid reputation for itself on the children’s film festival circuit.
Birds of passage follows the initiatory journey of Cathy. For her tenth birthday she receives an egg to hatch. When a duckling breaks through the shell in the presence of Cathy’s best friend, the bird is convinced that the little girl, Margaux, is its mother. But Margaux is not capable of caring for the duckling. She is in a wheelchair and will soon be moving to a specialized institution. Her parents decide to get rid of the bird. But when Cathy and Margaux discover that the duck will probably end up as canned food, they set out on an adventure during which they will discover more about themselves than about saving web-footed friends.
Produced by Ring Production, distributed by Jekino, the film was released in Belgium on April 1st.
The film was supported by the Cinema and Audiovisual Center of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels.