Actor Rick Lens has been credited with giving a strong performance by critics and in the words of one reviewer “it is Lens as the movie’s main protagonist who draws the most attention. He carries quite a heavy burden on his skinny shoulders, and so it is all the more impressive how he easily shrugs off this pressure with a completely natural and balanced performance. He perfectly portrays the innocence of a child who is forced to grow up too soon and come to terms with a staggering reality which, in the end, helps him deal with loss and eventually let go in order to be able to move forward - and take joy in the beauty of life once again”.
‘Kauwboy’ tells the story of 10-year-old Jojo who finds a black baby jackdaw that has fallen out of its nest. Jojo, who has an unhappy family life, puts his whole energy into tending to the bird, who becomes his best friend. Jojo revels in this newfound responsibility, giving the bird the love and care that he is missing in his own life. More importantly, however, this friendship helps Jojo move on and take joy in the beauty of life once again. The film marks Dutch director Boudewijn Koole’s first go at feature film direction, and its strength and beauty lies in the way Jojo engages with nature and how he interacts with the bird.
‘Kauwboy’, which will be screened as part of the ŻiguŻajg Arts Festival for Children & Young People at the St. James Cavalier Cinema, will be presented in Dutch, with English subtitles. Dates of the screening of the film can be found on http://www.ziguzajg.org. Both the screening of the film and the visit to Malta by Rick Lens has been made possible with the collaboration of the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Malta. The film’s trailer can be downloaded at: https://vimeo.com/
Tickets to all events forming part of the ŻiguŻajg Festival, including ‘Kauwboy’, are free of charge, but subject to booking via the festival website at http://www.ziguzajg.org. Tickets can be collected from St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity in Castille Square, Valletta.