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The Day My Father Became A Bush

Original title: Toen Mijn Vader Een Struik Werd

Ten-year-old Toda lives in a bakery with her dad, the best pastry chef in town. Toda knows everything there is to know about cakes and pastries and loves it when her dad plays the trumpet. But one day, everything changes: her dad is called away unexpectedly to defend his country. Toda has to undertake an adventurous and challenging journey to the unknown neighbouring country where her mother lives in order to stay safe. On the way she meets strange people, encounters absurd situations and finds a special new friend. Toda is a bright, optimistic and resilient girl who doesn’t give up easily, but will she eventually find her mum?

Based on the book by award-winning author Joke van Leeuwen.





director Nicole van Kilsdonkscript Maureen Versprille, Nicole van Kilsdonkoriginal title Toen Mijn Vader Een Struik Werdgenre Drama, Adventurerelease 2016length 90 min Dutchproducers Lemming Film (NL)co producers Nukleus Film (KR), A Private View (BE), Minds Meet (BE)broadcaster EOmain cast Celeste Holsheimer, Matsen Montsma, Teun Kuilboer, Anneke Blok, Noortje Herlaar, Susan Visser, Britte Lagcher, Ali Ben Horsting, Sabri Saad el Hamus, Joost Schnibbe, Leny Breedervelddirector of photography Gregg Telussasound Hrvoje Petekproduction design Ivan Veljačacostume design Monica Petit, Zorana Meićhair & make-up Snježana Gorupworldsales Beta Film
Winner Lion for Best Dutch Family Film Cinekid Winner ECFA award and Audience award Het Jeugdfilmfestival (BE) Winner proffesional Jury Award KinoKino – International Film Festival for Children, Zagreb, Croatia Winner ECFA Award KINOdiseea – International Children’s Film Festival Bucharest, Romania, 2016