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Paper Bird (Haus der Wuensche)

Paper Bird
Scene from "Paper Bird" (photo © Dor Film-West)

Nic, an eclectic 23-year-old young man is waiting in Bangkok for his lost luggage. Whilst searching for necessities of daily life, he is pulled into Bangkok. Like Alice in Wonderland, he stumbles with curiosity through a world unknown to him.

When Nic meets Coco, her spirit reminds him of a person he once knew in his childhood. He starts to remember his almost forgotten past und begins his journey to look for his "House of Wishes". Nic is mesmerized by Coco and a love story begins...

Paper Bird is a story about love, lost childhood, and the search for one's own way in life.


Vanessa van Houten was born in 1971 in California and grew up in the Bahamas and Germany. After completing studies in Photography and Photo Design in Dortmund, she relocated to New York to study Anthology Film Archives. She then returned to Germany and studied at the Munich Academy of Television & Film from 1997-2007. Her films include: the shorts Growing Silently (1992-1994), Alps (1995), New York Images (1996), The Death and the Maiden (1997), Mona (1998), Girls in the Army in Israel (2000), Karma Cowboy (2001), and her first feature Paper Bird (Haus der Wuensche, 2007).
Genre Drama, Love Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2007
Director Vanessa van Houten
Screenplay Vanessa van Houten, Natalie Lambsdorff, Korbinian Greiner
Cinematography Philipp Kirsamer
Susanne Hartmann
Coco Rosie
Andrew Perry
Cast Thomas Fraenzel, Tschagsalmaa Borchuu, Lars Rudolph
Producers Danny Krausz, Gerd Huber
Production Company Dor Film-West, in co-production with Bayerischer Rundfunk, Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (HFF/M)
Length 101 min
Format 16 mm
Original Version
 German/English/Thai
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Goa 2007, Chennai 2007
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern

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