EN - One morning, Bafiokadié and his sister Téné leave their village to find their lost blue bird. But they will find much more along the way: they encounter their deceased grandparents; they fight the Soul of the Forest; and they learn from the Chief of Pleasure. At the end of their long journey, the two enter the Kingdom of the Future and meet some yet-to-be born children. Delighted with this discovery, they eventually return home.

FR - Une journée dans la vie d’un enfant peut changer son monde pour toujours: Un matin, deux enfants africains, Bafonkadié et sa sœur Téné, quittent leur village avec une idée en tête : retrouver avant la fin de la journée leur oiseau bleu disparu. Ils trouveront en réalité bien davantage en chemin. Après avoir rencontré leurs grands-parents décédés, ils affrontent l’Âme de la forêt, et s’instruisent auprès du Chef des Plaisirs. Chacun leur raconte une histoire sur la vie et la mort. Au terme de ce long périple, le frère et la sœur entreront dans le Royaume du Futur, et rencontreront un groupe d’enfants à naître. Enchantés de cette découverte, ils pourront enfin rentrer chez eux. Parce qu' une perte est toujours accompagnée d'un gain.


Title Blue Bird
Original title Blue Bird
Original language Tamberma, French
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Year 2011


Cast Bafiokadié Potey, Téné Potey
Photography Hans Bruch Jr.
Editing David Verdurme
Music Michelino Bisceglia, Alexander Zhikharev

Technical specs

Running time film 86'
Release format cinescope large
Sound format Matthias Hillegeer


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Belgische Ontwikkelingssamenwerking (DGD), Mollywood

Black on track for Tallinn

Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah’s second feature film Black has been selected for the official competition at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, which takes place from 13-29 November. The contemporary Romeo & Juliet story will have its European première in Estonia. The festival programme also includes Benjamin Deboosere’s Blue Birth, showing with Gust Van den Berghe’s Blue Bird, on which the documentary is based.

BlackBlack premiered in Toronto, taking home the festival’s Discovery Award, followed by sold-out screenings at the Film Fest Ghent where the film won the Audience Award. This November, the directing duo’s film travels to Tallinn where Black is to have its European premiere in the main competition of the Black Nights Film Festival.

Published on Tuesday 27 October 2015

Kid in competition at Paris Cinéma

Kid, Fien Troch’s third feature, has been selected for official competition at Paris Cinéma (28 June- 9 July). This year the Parisian summer festival puts the spotlight on Belgian cinema with numerous selections and retrospectives of its films and filmmakers.

kidFien Troch’s Kid is running in official competition at Paris Cinéma. The film, produced by Antonino Lombardo for Prime Time, already screened at festivals in Rome, Palm Springs and Aubagne earlier this year.

Published on Tuesday 11 June 2013

Eye on Flanders in Les Arcs

All eyes are on Flanders at this year’s European Film Festival in Les Arcs (15-22 December), with the fest organising a Focus on Belgium. No less than eight Flemish features, as well as three shorts are part of the focus. Belgian Cinema from Flanders is also well represented at the Arc 1950 coproduction forum with three projects on the bill. Additionally, Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth’s The Fifth Season is screening in the International Competition in Les Arcs and therefore in the running for a Crystal Arrow.

The Fifth Season by Peter Brosens and Jessica WoodworthFor its fourth edition, the European Film Festival in Les Arcs chose to add a Focus on Belgium to its line-up. Chaired by Artistic Director Frédéric Boyer, who after Cannes’ International Critics’ Week is also artistically leading the Tribeca Film Festival, the selection committee in Les Arcs nominated eight Flemish feature films and three shorts.

Published on Tuesday 18 December 2012

Blue Bird nominated for EFA’s Young Audience Award

Director Gust Van den Berghe’s Blue Bird has been nominated for the European Film Academy’s first Young Audience Award. The other two nominees are Boudewijn Koole’s Dutch feature Kauwboy and Sister from French director Ursula Meier, both Berlinale winners. On 10 June, all three films will be screened to a young audience, acting as a jury, in six European cities.

Gust Van den Berghe's Blue BirdThe Young Audience Award, initiated to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the European Film Academy (EFA), is intended to honour European features that appeal to young audiences.

Published on Sunday 20 May 2012

Blue Bird and The Invader nominated in Göteborg

Nicolas Provost’s feature debut The Invader and Gust Van den Berghe’s Blue Bird have been nominated for The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award at Sweden’s Göteborg International Film Festival (27 January-6 February). The festival also selected Lotte Stoops’ Grande Hotel and Tom Fassaert’s An Angel in Doel in the Dokumentärt and Visionärer sections respectively.

Still from The Invader, feature of Nicolas ProvostA total of eight films from around the world were nominated for the prestigious award. With two Flemish filmmakers nominated out of eight, Belgian cinema from Flanders clearly demonstrated its vibrancy and talent. The Ingmar Berman International Debut Award is awarded to “a debutant who in his film treats an existential theme with a dynamic or experimental approach to the cinematic means of expression.”

Published on Thursday 2 February 2012

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