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by Nicole van Kilsdonk


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?

international title: The Day My Father Became a Bush
original title: Toen mijn vader een struik werd
country: Netherlands, Belgium, Croatia
sales agent: Beta Cinema
year: 2016
genre: fiction
directed by: Nicole van Kilsdonk
film run: 90'
screenplay: Nicole van Kilsdonk, Maureen Versprille
cast: Teun Kuilboer, Noortje Herlaar, Anneke Blok, Susan Visser, Celeste Holsheimer, Matsen Montsma
cinematography by: Gregg Telussa
film editing: David Verdurme
art director: Ivan Veljača
music: Rutger Reinders
producer: Joost de Vries, Eva Eisenloeffel, Sinisa Juricic, Leontine Petit, Dries Phlypo, Fleur Winters
production: Lemming Film, A Private View, Minds Meet, Nukleus Film
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