Cloudboy, Meikeminne Clinckspoor’s feature debut, is to receive its international première at this year’s TIFF Kids (7-23 April). The programme also contains Emiel Sandtke’s short Flying Rats, as well as two co-productions: The Day My Father Became a Bush and the animated feature Richard the Stork.
In Cloudboy, 12-year-old city boy Niilas has to travel - much against his will - to Lapland where his mother and her new family live amongst the Sami, an indigenous reindeer-herding people. Despite a warm welcome, Niilas retreats inwards. The only one who can get through to him is his half-sister Sunnà. The reindeer migration is in full swing and Niilas has to lend a helping hand. When a reindeer goes missing, Niilas joins in the search, but a huge moose keeps crossing his path at the most unexpected moments. Gradually he discovers his roots, which prove to be stronger than he ever could have imagined. Against all the odds, Niilas experiences the most adventurous summer of his life.
The film stars Daan Roofthooft as Niilas, together with Geert Van Rampelberg, Sara Sommerfeld, Joakim Nils Tomas Trägårdh and Mikkel Gaup. Meikeminne Clinckspoor also wrote the script.
A Belgian-Swedish-Norwegian-Dutch co-production, Cloudboy won last year’s Work-in-Progress Award at the inaugural edition of NeXT in Ghent. Katleen Goossens of Antwerp-based Bulletproof Cupid is attached as main producer. Jekino will release the film theatrically in Belgium on 5 April.
In addition to Cloudboy, TIFF Kids also presents Emiel Sandtke’s short Flying Rats, a coming-of-age story in which 11-year-old Kian and Nadir see the latter’s family being arrested by the immigration police. To prevent Nadir from being taken as well, the friends decide to run away. But leaving seems to be more difficult than they expected, especially as it appears that Kian’s motive is different from his friend’s...
Co-productions selected for TIFF Kids are The Day My Father Became a Bush, directed by Nicole van Kilsdonk and co-produced by A Private View and Minds Meet. Walking The Dog is the co-producer of Richard the Stork, which had its première at last month’s Generation K+ at the Berlinale.