Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Bellbird

Year: 2019
Country: NEW ZEALAND
Language: English
Run Time: 96 minutes

Bellbird
Bellbird
Bellbird

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.

CIFF44 Screenings

Wednesday, April 01, 2020 at 1:55 PM

Thursday, April 02, 2020 at 11:25 AM

Saturday, April 04, 2020 at 6:10 PM

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 10:00 PM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

Competition
International Narrative Competition

Director
Hamish Bennett

Producers
Orlando Stewart, Catherine Fitzgerald

Screenwriting
Hamish Bennett

Cinematography
Grant McKinnon

Editing
Jason Pengelly

Principal Cast
Marshall Napier, Cohen Holloway, Rachel House, Kahukura Retimana, Stephen Tamarapa

Film Contact

The DAVE and TERRI GUENTZLER Film

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