EN - Nathan Verhelst, a 44-year-old man from Sint-Niklaas in Belgium, was born Nancy and, after a lifetime of rejection and incest, is unable to find peace as a woman or as a man. Three doctors decide that his life quality isn't sustainable and give him permission to commit euthanasia.


Title Nathan - Free As a Bird
Original title Nathan - free as a bird
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Docs
Year 2014
World première / first public presentation 2014-11-21


Cast Nathan Verhelst and friends
Photography Roel Nollet
Editing Roel Nollet
Sound Roel Nollet
Art director Roel Nollet

Technical specs

Running time film 72'
Release format DCP
Other available formats DVD, Blu-Ray
Aspect ratio 1.77:1
Sound format stereo
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Flemish six-pack at Helsinki’s DocPoint Festival

Celebrating its 14th edition, Helsinki’s DocPoint Documentary Film Festival (January 27 – February 1) this year boasted a programme packed with films from Flanders. In addition to Waiting for August, 9999 and Desert Haze, the festival also featured Elephant’s Dream, State of Play and Nathan, Free as a Bird. Three docs co-produced with Flanders - See No Evil, Ming of Harlem and Ne me quitte pas - also made an appearance in Helsinki.

Waiting for August TrailerAfter successful outings at Hot Docs, Karlovy Vary and Visions du Réel, Teodora Ana Mihai was in Helsinki to present Waiting for August. Produced by Clin d’Oeil Films, the film follows a 15-year-old Romanian girl as she takes care of her six brothers and sisters while their mother is away earning a living in Italy.

Published on Wednesday 28 January 2015

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Short info

Director Roel Nollet
Producers Roel Nollet
Writers Roel Nollet

Roel Nollet
Schawijkstraat 65
2520 Ranst
T +32 499 37 19 53


Coccinelle Film Placement
Francesca Breccia
Via della Cisterna 1
00153, Rome
T +39 338 815 8862

Website www.redhorse.tv/nathan
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