Birds Of Passage

Olivier Ringer

Belgique, 2015 / 84 min / French OV and French OV with German dubbing / Fiction

In the presence of the producer Yves Ringer.

A family film about the desire to be normal.

For Cathy it is not always easy to be born on February 29th, especially when you get a duck egg to hatch for a gift. Cathy and her best friend Margaux, who is confined to a wheelchair, really want to take care of the little duckling, but the parents decide to get rid of the animal. As the duckling is quite likely to end up as canned cat food, Cathy and Margaux set out on an adventurous journey to rescue it.

Thu 25/02 09:30 Ciné Utopia FR Scolaire
Thu 25/02 10:15 Cinémathèque FR dubbed DE Scolaire
Fri 26/02 09:00 Cinémathèque FR dubbed DE Scolaire
Fri 26/02 09:30 Ciné Utopia FR Scolaire
Mon 29/02 09:00 CNA Dudelange FR Scolaire

“Birds of Passage, in terms of both its content and its style, is a realistic film for children, which is a rare enough phenomenon to be noteworthy. The movie contains no special effects or magic, but instead features kids who create their own adventure for themselves, and parents who find out that there are several ways to actually be parents. It is a family film about the desire to be normal, the need to be independent, family, friendship and responsibility.” Aurore Engelen,, 01/04/2015

  • European Children’s Film Award – Schlingel International Film Festival, 2015 (Germany)
  • Grand Prize for Best European Film for Children - Berlinale, 2016 (Germany)
  • International Jury Award – Buster Film Festival for Children and Youth, 2015 (Denmark)
  • Grand Prix – Montréal International Film Festival for Children, 2015 (Canada)
  • Grand Prix – Tokyo International Film Festival – Kineko, 2015 (Japan)
  • Bambino Gesù Hospital Award – Festival di Giffoni, 2015 (Italy)
  • Golden Slipper – Zlín Film Festival, 2015 (Czech Republic)
  • Audience Favorite – Carrousel International du Film de Rimouski, 2015 (Canada)
Cast & Credits
Clarisse Djuroski, Léa Warny, Alain Eloy, Myriem Akkhediou
Olivier et Yves Ringer
Mihnea Popescu
Vincent Mauduit, Igor Thomas-Gerard
Bruno Alexiu
Ring Prod, Les Films d’Antoine, Good Lap Production
RTBF – Radio Télévision de la Communauté Française

Born in Brussels in 1961, Olivier Ringer began his career as a camera assistant for Jean Badal and Henri Alekan among others. In 1987 he directed his first short film “Haute Pression" followed by numerous television films. He directed the feature films: “Pom” starring Richard Bohringer and “On The Sly” (Luxembourg City Film Festival 2012) which won numerous awards.

  • 2015, Les Oiseaux de Passage
  • 2011, À Pas de Loup
  • 2006, Pom le Poulain
  • 1987, Haute Pression