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ECFA Award Winner

Day, My Father Became a Bush, The

Original title: Toen Mijn Vader Een Struik Werd
German title: Tag, an dem sich mein Vater in einen Busch verwandelte, Der*
Netherlands, Belgium, Croatia, 2016

Director: Kilsdonk, Nicole van
Production company: Lemming Film, Minds Meet
Co-producers: A Private View, Nukleus Film, EO
Age recommendation: 10 years and up
Length: 90 min.
Film genre: Feature film

Ten-year-old Toda lives in a bakery with her dad, the best pastry chef in town. Toda knows everything there is to know about cakes and pastries and loves it when her dad plays the trumpet. But one day, everything changes: her dad is called away unexpectedly to defend his country. Toda has to undertake an adventurous and challenging journey to the unknown neighbouring country where her mother lives in order to stay safe. On the way she meets strange people, encounters absurd situations and finds a special new friend. Toda is a bright, optimistic and resilient girl who doesn’t give up easily, but will she eventually find her mum?

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Adapted from the novel by award-winning author Joke van Leeuwen.

Toronto IFF 2016, KinOdiseea Bucarest 2016 (ECFA Award), Ale Kino! Poznan 2016, Europees Jeugdfilmfestival Vlaanderen Antwerp & Brugge 2017 (awarded, ECFA Award), Kino Kino CFF Zagreb 2017 (awarded), New York CFF 2017, FiFEM Montreal 2017, BUFF Malmö 2017, TIFF Kids Toronto 2017, Cinema in Sneakers Warsaw 2017, Tromsø CFF 2017, Riga IFF 2017, Buster Copenhagen 2017, London IFF 2017, Cinekid Amsterdam 2017 (awarded), Juniorfest Plzen 2017, Oulu CFF 2017, Smile IFF New Delhi 2017 (awarded), Bangladesh CFF Dhaka 2018, Freeze Frame CFF Winnipeg 2018, Taiwan CFF Taipei 2018

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