The Day My Father Became a Bush

Netherlands, Belgium, Croatia, 2016, 85 min.


Nicole van Kilsdonk




Beta Cinema, Lemming Film


Gregg Telussa


Lemming Film, Nukleus Film, A Private View, Minds Meet

Ten-year-old Toda lives in a bakery with her dad, the best pastry chef in town. Toda knows everything there is to know about cakes and pastries and loves it when her dad plays the trumpet. But one day, everything changes: her dad is called away unexpectedly to defend his country. Toda has to undertake an adventurous and
challenging journey to the unknown neighbouring country where her mother lives in order to stay safe. On the way she meets strange people, encounters absurd situations and finds a special new friend. Toda is a bright, optimistic and resilient girl who doesn’t give up easily, but will she eventually find her mum?


Celeste Holsheimer, Matsen Montsma, Teun Kuilboer, Noortje Herlaar, Anneke Blok, Susan Visser

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Nicole van Kilsdonk

Born in 1965. In 1991 graduated from the Dutch Film and Television Academy with her film POST REYKJAVIK majoring in Direction and Screenwriting. Worked on several television films including MAKING WAVES (Golden Calf for Best TV Drama 2004). She directed 5 feature films: JOHAN (Best Director at the Palm Beach IFF, 2005), HOW TO SURVIVE (Audience Award at the Giffoni IFF, 2008), RICHTING WEST, TAKING CHANCES (Cinekid Award for Best Film, 2011, Best Film for Youth Award at Minsk IFF “Listapad”) and VENTOUX (2015).

Selected filmography

2016 The Day My Father Became a Bush

2011 Taking Chances

2008 How to Survive

2005 Johan

2004 Making Waves