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Kinderfilmfest / 14plus

Pelikaanimies

Pelicanman

Pelikanmann

PELICANMAN

The pelican that alights on the beach one summer afternoon is quite an extraordinary bird. He seems to be extremely interested in people, and, observing them attentively, he begins to edge closer and closer towards them. And then, the pelican makes an incredible decision that will have drastic consequences: he decides to become human.
Amazingly, the pelican’s transformation is so complete that nobody seems to notice whether he is a pelican or a human being. He even gets a job as a stage-hand and finds himself an apartment. His landlady – who otherwise suffers from a distinct bird allergy – doesn’t appear to notice a thing. However, 10-year-old Emil isn’t about to have the wool pulled over his eyes. He and his mother have recently moved into the same block of flats as the pelican. Emil realises in a flash what’s up with the bird. But he decides to keep it to himself, it’ll be their secret, just the pelican and him. Emil soon teaches his new friend how to read and, before long, the pelican discovers the delights of newspapers and books, poetry and science, love stories and philosophy. Emil too learns a great deal from the pelican and together they begin to explore the city.
Then, one day, a girl named Elsa arrives on the scene. She is exactly the same age as Emil. At first, Emil is worried that Elsa could put an end to his friendship with the pelican, but he and the bird soon make friends with her.
At the annual harvest thanksgiving party all the other neighbours are simply enchanted by the pelican’s charming ways. But then, Emil goes to visit his father in the country for a few days and the pelicanman is left at home alone.

Finland / Sweden 2004, 90 min

by

Liisa Helminen

with

Kari Ketonen
Roni Haarakangas
Inka Nuorgam

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NonStop Sales AB