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Des plumes dans la tête

Fortnight 2003, Feature film, 1H40mn


The small Belgian town of Genappe revolves around its sugar factory. Rotting beets in the town’s surrounding drainage system attract migratory birds. The quiet routine of Blanche’s family is upset when her young son disappears. Blanche feels she has lost everything. The tragic event and its consequences are treated with dream-like touches as Blanche fights to rebuild her life and recover the essential.


Thomas de Thier

Having been thrown out of film school, Mom and Dad really insisted on my getting a degree. So I studied marketing, which I consider a personal failure. Things began to improve when I made my first film. With my girlfriend at the time, I discovered my neighbors (Je suis votre voisin, 1990). At age 30, I left for New Guinea in search of my childhood garden (A la recherché de l’oiseau blanc, 1955). In 1998, I staged a play adapted from Marlen Haushofer’s The Wall, and I filmed the desert as if it were a fable about time (Les Gens pressés sont déjà mort). In 2001 came a trip for two across Canada in order to make video contact with the baby to come, Echographie.

Alexis Den Doncker
Francis Renaud,
Sophie Museur
Ulysse de Swaef

Thomas De Thier

Virginie Saint Martin

Pierre Mertens, Thomas Gauder

Marie-Hélène Dozo

Sylvain Chauveau, le trio Premi Djoû d?Fosse

Set decoration
Wouter Zoon

Production : Jacques Bidou Nicolas Meyer JBA Production / Magellan Production 52 rue Charlot 75003 Paris France Tél: +33 (0)1 48 04 84 60 Fax : +33 (0)1 42 76 09 67 Coproductions : Arte France Cinéma (France), R.T.B.F. (Belgique), FMB 2 Films (France), 47ème Parallèle (France) Distribution : François Yon Nicolas Brigaud Robert Films Distribution 6, rue de l?École de Médecine 75006 Paris France Tél :+33 (0)1 53 10 33 99 Fax: +33 (0)1 53 10 33 98 Presse (France) : Laurence Granec Karine Ménard 5 bis, rue Kepler 75016 Paris Tél: +33 (0)1 47 20 36 66 Fax : +33 (0)1 47 20 35 44

Title in Original Version : Feathers in the head