Tito and the Birds
Director – Gabriel Bitar, André Catoto and Gustavo Steinberg
2018/Brazil/French with English subtitles
HIFF Classification – PG
Tito is a shy 10-year-old boy who lives with his mother. Suddenly an unusual epidemic starts to spread, making people sick whenever they get scared. Tito quickly discovers that the cure is somehow related to his missing father’s research on bird song. Tito’s search for the antidote becomes a quest for his missing father and for his own identity.
Supporting Short: Birdlime
Director – Evan DeRushie
HIFF Classification – U
Birdlime is the name for a sticky substance, usually made from holly bark or mistletoe, which is spread on branches to trap wild birds intended for export or trade. The film observes one bird who barely manages to escape this industry, yet remains trapped in a cage and surrounded by unfamiliar sounds and un-birdlike creatures.