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Feature film, 2012, 84 min.

Award-winning family film impresses by discussing a serious theme like grief from a ten-year-old boy?s perspective, also by literally using camera angles from his viewpoint. His mother?s absence has caused an estrangement between father and son. The boy finds comfort with a young jackdaw that has fallen from the nest. He has to keep the bird hidden from his father, because the latter does not want any animals in the house. Jojo secretly calls his mother every day and on her birthday wants to surprise her with the bird. But his father absolutely refuses to celebrate the birthday of someone who is absent. Owing to the special bond with the jackdaw and the adaptability that only children have, Jojo eventually manages to tear down the walls around his father?s heart.

won prizes

  • NL - Netherlands Film Festival Golden Calf
  • DE - Berlin International Film Festival Crystal Bear Award (2)
  • DE - Berlin International Film Festival Generation selection
  • NO - Kristiansand International Childrens Film Festival (2)
  • SE - Malmö Children’s Film Award
  • JP - Tokyo International Film Festival
  • NL - Amsterdam Cinekid Award selection
  • BY - Minsk International Film Festival
  • EU - European Film Award (2)
  • EU - European Film Award nomination (2)

other prizes

  • NL - NFF Dutch Film Critics Award

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