Flying Home

Synopsis: Colin, an ambitious young New York finance executive, needs to clinch a deal with a wealthy Dubai sheik, who has a weakness for pigeon racing. They make a bargain: the sheik will sign if Colin can get him a particular pigeon, the perfect bird to win the prestigious Barcelona international race. This bird has been trained in Flanders, but the owner refuses to sell at any price. Posing as a school teacher searching for the grave of an ancestor killed in the First World War, Colin travels to the little Flemish village where the pigeon fancier lives and starts to look for something that will separate the bird from its owner. But in the process he falls under the spell of the place and of Isabelle, the pigeon fancier's spirited granddaughter.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Dominique Deruddere
  2 wins & 1 nomination.
95 min

I know it's always difficult

to determine the value,

but the share price is the

share price, Mr. Karadeniz.

What we can do,

I'm sure you'll appreciate this,

is offer you a fair deal in terms of...

As I told Mr. Walden,

I'm not interested

in profit participation.

WFG needs my shares.

I grant you, sir, your shares are

important for our overall strategy...

Jason, your wife is calling.

How are you, Mr. Karadeniz?

I'm not selling for $18 a share.

Oh, I'm not negotiating this.

This is Jason's deal. We just need

to give him a couple of minutes.

Which way to the bedroom?

It's over there.


I love the view.

So do I.

Mr. Karadeniz, how are you?

Am I interrupting something?

No. No, it's okay. We're just...

I can call later.

No, it's fine. It's fine, I assure you.


Everybody's sucking your dick

about the Karadeniz deal.

- Congratulations, you did it.

- Thank you.

I've got a real big one for you.

Sheikh Abdullah Nayed.

Estimated capital, 10 billion.


Erik almost got him to

invest a half a billion,

but now he's about to sign

with Horizon Capital.

I want you to take over.

Get him.

Just start with the small

shareholders and work your way up.

Don't worry about that.

Just get it done.

Mr. Montgomery.

Mr. Smith.

Thank you for helping me arrange this.


This is garbage.

Who the hell did you use?

No. No, I need real in-depth

research on the guy. Fast.

Deal with it.

Mr. Montgomery.

The Sheikh will see you now.

According to our religion,

feeding birds and treating

them well is a good behavior,

identified with acquiring

merit in the eyes of Allah.

And it was a pigeon that helped Muhammad

when he escaped from the Quraish.

I'm telling you this because I know

many people find it hard to believe

that a Sheikh could be a

passionate piggeon fancier.

Well, I heard Mike Tyson does it.

That's pretty hard to believe, too.

When I'm with my birds,

I feel they bring the best out of me.

I'm sure this is also

the case for Mr. Tyson.

I've already told Mr. Walden

that I won't be investing

in your company.

I like the sound they make.

Isn't it soothing?


Have you ever wondered why

pigeons are the symbol of peace,

of love and good will?

Every time I hold them in my hands

and look into their eyes,

it's as if I understand exactly why.

To care for them,

to see these noble birds race,

makes me the happiest man in the world.

How do you race pigeons?

Do they fly in circles?

No. They fly in a straight

line back to their loft.

The most fantastic race in the world

is the Barcelona international.

The birds have to fly over

1,000 miles to get back home.

Can you imagine?

That's a long way for such a small bird.

Indeed. It takes them two

days to cover the distance.

The Barcelona race is the

epitome of endurance,

the synonym of willpower,

a hymn to love.



Because the birds fly home to

the one they've left behind.

They want to be reunited as quickly

as possible with the one they love.

It's my dream to win that race one day.

What does it take?

The right bird.

And you don't have it?


A very, very stubborn man

named Jos Pauwels has it.

We have offered him a

huge amount of money,

but he doesn't want to sell.

Why not?

I don't know.

Where is he, this Pauwels?

Flanders, in Belgium.

Have you heard of it?

An ancestor of mine supposedly

died there in World War I.

But let me ask you a favor.

Let me prove to you that you can

trust us with your investment.

Let me get you that bird.

I told you, it can't be done.

Even better. Let me show you that

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Dominique Deruddere

Dominique Deruddere (born 15 June 1957) is a Belgian film director, actor, screenwriter and producer. more…

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