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Country: NEW ZEALAND
Run Time: 96 minutes
Unfolding in the rustic pastures of New Zealand’s Northland, BELLBIRD delicately follows the complex relationship dynamics between a gruff and taciturn dairy farmer and his more mild-mannered son, both of whom are shaken by the sudden loss of the family’s beloved matriarch. This sensitive and tender film captures the rich regional texture of this rural farmland community and the particular ways in which these working-class men find themselves unable to deal with the grief thrust upon them. Slowly over time, father and son work toward better communication with, and understanding of, one another during an undeniably difficult time in their lives. Infused with as much joy and gentility as it is with pathos, this warmly funny film moves with the serene calm of the changing seasons and captures the poignant beauty of the cycle of life. Its array of gorgeous rolling landscapes and stirring musical compositions make this a beautifully polished hidden gem well worth discovering. — R.J.T.
Tower City Cinemas
Wednesday, April 01, 2020 at 1:55 PM ET
Thursday, April 02, 2020 at 11:25 AM ET
Saturday, April 04, 2020 at 6:10 PM ET
Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles
International Narrative Competition
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