EN - After the success of Gust Van den Berghe’s first feature, the young director is eager to make a second film, Blue Bird (Directors’ Fortnight Cannes, Ghent Film Festival 2011). Impulsively, he leaves for remote Togo with only a small team and a minimal budget. When, at the start of production, a member of his crew suddenly dies, accomplishing his endeavour seems nearly impossible. By reconstructing the making of Blue Bird, Blue Birth reveals the interwoven journey of Gust and his fictional characters.


Title Blue Birth
Original title Blue Birth
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Docs
Year 2015


Photography Gust Van den Berghe, Hans Bruch Jr., Nils Valkenborgh, Benjamin Deboosere
Editing Benjamin Deboosere
Sound Lieven Dousselaere
Music Lieven Dousselaere

Technical specs

Running time film 54'
Colour Colour and black-white
Available in 2D


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

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Last edited on 20 October 2015

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Director Benjamin Deboosere
Producers Benjamin Deboosere
Writers Benjamin Deboosere

Benjamin Deboosere
Eugène Demolderlaan 87
1030 Brussels


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