BERTHA AND THE WOLFRAM

 

Short documentary 2020

Synopsis

Meet Bertha, a 13 year old Belgian girl fighting every day against her ultimate enemy: Wolfram. Wolfram is a rare disease that affects her nervous system with major consequences on her eyesight. To fight Wolfram, Bertha has her own secret weapon: creativity. When she paints, it’s as if her brush becomes a sword that she carefully uses to create extraordinary paintings - and control Wolfram. Together with a renowned Belgian painter, they create inspiring paintings that they sell at the Eye Opener, a yearly fundraising art exhibition.

 

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written and directed  TIJS TORFS
produced  LAS BELGAS

animation PENELOPE DELTOUR / GERT VAN GOETHEM
director of photography DRIES VANDERAERDEN /TIJS TORFS
editor LAWRENCE PAUL FOLEY

music DAVE MARTIJN

soundproduction MATHIEU VAN DEN DRIESSCHE

production assistent CELINE VANHOUTTE

image post production MIKROS IMAGE
sound  post production  A SOUND

Festival selections:​                                                              

-JEF  Festival (Belgium)

-Dok Leipzig (Germany)

-Chicago international children's film festival (US

-Docville (Belgium)

-Oulu International Children's and Youth Film Festival ( Finland)

-Filemon (Belgium)

-Olympia (Belgium)

-Dokkino (Finland)

-Leuven Kort film festival (Belgium)

-Rare disease film festival (Berlin)

-Seattle Children's film festival (Seattle)

-Thessaloniki film festival (Greece)

- Kids Kino IFF (Poland)

-Crested Butte Festival (US)

- Kids Kino IFF (Poland)

-Cinema in sneakers (¨Poland)

-Festival Internacional de Cine para Ninos (Mexico)

-Oberhausen film festival (Germany)

-Minikino Festival (Bali)

-Extraordinary Film Festival (Belgium)

-Zlin Film Festival (Czechia)

Awards:

-Best short documentary (Chicago international Children's film festival)


-Best short film (JEF Belgium)

Best short film children's jury (JEF Belgium)

-Best short and mid length film festival (Olympia Children's film festival )

-Best short documentary (Cinema In Sneakers Film Festival)

Reviews

"A moving film that touches you deeply. It showed a disease that is not widely known, which made it very interesting. The combination between live action and animation was fun. It is nice that Bertha does not lose heart and take action."
CHILDREN JURY JEF FILM FESTIVAL

"This encouraging documentary is inventive and intriguing in its form. The main character Bertha shows us how creativity can help us not only to deal with a disease, but also to share that experience with others. The use of animation adds an extra layer to the story"
PROFESSIONAL JURY JEF FILM FESTIVAL

"By alternating documentary scenes with charcoal animation, director Tijs Torfs gives the heroic battle even more spice. Torfs knows that tearjerkers don't work with children, so he avoids portraying Bertha as a victim. He turns the girl into a brave painter with an artistic future. Hope, art and animation make this documentary the most shining pearl."
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