One morning, a boy and his sister, two African children, leave their village. The only thing on their mind is to find their lost blue bird before the day is over. But they will find much more along their way: they encounter their deceased grand-parents, they fight the soul of the forest and learn from the chief of pleasure. Everyone tells them a story about life and death. At the end of their long journey, the brother and sister enter the Kingdom of the Future and meet some yet-to-be born children. Blue Bird tells a story about how one day in a child's life can change its world. For as we gain something we lose something.
“The Tamberma people and their connection with nature drew me to film it there. They believe that each thing has a soul, that each tree, each rock has its place in space and time. They treat their elders with great respect because it is the old people who best understand nature and obey its laws. Children are sacred, for the Tamberma people believe that they come from the divine and can still observe a world that adults can no longer see. The outlook that the Tamberma people have on life and death corresponded to the way I interpreted Maeterlinck’s story”, says director Gust Van den Berghe.
Cannes Film Festival – selected for Directors' Fortnight; Munich International Film Festival – in competition.