The bird that could tell fortunes

27 min.DK/DocumentaryChildren's films

"The Bird that Could Tell Fortunes" is a universal story about a boy, who together with his bird, sells fortune-telling cards to passers-by. The film is a true present-day picture of Persian culture and tradition, and with its expressive images it carries us into the mysticism of the Orient. As one of the directors grew up in Iran and is deeply rooted in the country, she sees the nuances and entirety that people living there do not notice: A bird that has flown away sees an entirety from above. The two directors are now making their third film in Iran. Common to all three films is that they are told with Danish stringency and aesthetics combined with love of the country and its people.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Fuglen der kunne spå
Danish title Fuglen der kunne spå
Keywords Boys, Birds, Iran
Director Katia Forbert Petersen, Annette Mari Olsen
Producer Annette Mari Olsen, Katia Forbert Petersen
Director of Photography Katia Forbert Petersen
Editor Mahi Rahgozar, Irene G. Scholten
Composer Ann Falden
Production country Denmark
Production company Sfinx Film/TV
International sales Sfinx Film/TV ApS
Technical info color, Stereo
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for all
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Production company Sfinx Film/TV


Direction Katia Forbert Petersen
Direction Annette Mari Olsen


Producer Annette Mari Olsen
Producer Katia Forbert Petersen


Cinematography Katia Forbert Petersen


Stills Katia Forbert Petersen
Director's portrait Hamid Karimian


Editing Mahi Rahgozar
Editing Irene G. Scholten


Music Ann Falden

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Festival screenings

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Festival Festival date
TIFF Kids 2010-04-17
New York International Children's Film Festival 2010-02-27
Chicago Int. Children's Film Festival 2008-10-23
Tel Aviv International Children's Film Festival 2008-09-24
Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival 2008-01-23
Oulu Nordisk Panorama 2007-09-21
Odense Internationale Film Festival 2007-08-27
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