On Saturday 15 October, Belgian director Gust Van den Berghe presented Blue Bird, his film about two African children on a quest to find their lost bird. This is the second part of a trilogy and a follow-up to the successful Little Baby Jesus of Flanders (Dutch title: En waar de sterre bleef stille staan).
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For this film, Van den Berghe was inspired by the play L'Oiseau Bleu written by the brilliant Maurice Maeterlinck, the only Belgian to have won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Exactly one century after Maeterlinck was awarded this prestigious prize, it is Gust Van den Berghe's turn to enjoy international recognition. At the Cannes Film Festival he was selected twice for the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Directors' Fortnight), an important parallel section of the festival. For more information on the celebration of the anniversary of Maeterlinck's Nobel Prize go to www.maeterlinck100.be