The Warden (De Vogelwachter)

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Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Mind the Gap
Running Time:89 min.
Premiere Status:North American
Director:Threes Anna
Producer:Hanneke Niens
Hans de Wolf
Screenwriter:Threes Anna
Cinematographer:Jan Moeskops
Cast:Freek de Jonge
Sophie van Winden
Quiah Shilue
Nick Golterman
Print Source:KeyFilm
Note Writer:Diane de Monx


Screening note: This digital screening is available to view between 12:01am PT on Friday, October 9, and 11:59pm PT on Sunday, October 18, and is available to ticket buyers and passholders within the United States.


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On the deserted beach of tiny Benty Island, the warden (Freek de Jonge in a wonderfully understated solo turn) follows a strict daily routine at the bird sanctuary he has overseen, alone, for decades. With the same precision as his beloved grandfather clock, he monitors the flocks of resident and migrating sea and shore birds that are his only companions and his constant source of wonderment. But everything in his world shifts tectonically when he learns that his post will be shut down. The warden must find a way to resist his fate—but how? Writer-director Threes Anna (The Bird Can’t Fly, MVFF31) captures the quiet joys of solitude and self-imposed isolation in a beautiful film allegory that fits the pandemic era we have now entered—and offers a glimpse of what joy there is to find oneself, after so long alone, face to face with another human being and kindred spirit.


Thank you to our Community Partner Marin Audubon Society!

Additional Information

Threes Anna is a writer and director from the Netherlands who works in three fields: theatre, film, and literature. She lives on a small island, which was the main inspiration for the film The Warden. From 1989 till 1999, she was the artistic director of the international theatre company Dogtroep, for which she wrote and directed over 50 site-specific theatrical spectacles all across the globe. One of these shows, Noordwesterwals, she transformed into her first film, which ignited the beginning of a career change. She made her debut as writer-director in 2007 on the San Sebastian Film Festival with The Bird Can’t Fly, starring Barbara Hershey. Additional films include Silver City and Platina Blues.