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The breadwinner


Animation. Eleven-year-old Parvana lives with her family in one room of a tiny apartment building in war-torn Kabul, Afghanistan. Living under Taliban rule, Parvana grows up listening to stories told by her father while helping him in the marketplace where he reads and writes letters for people to earn a living.
One day, her father is arrested, and Parvana’s life is changed forever. In a time and place where women are not allowed to leave home without men, her family is left without someone who can earn money or even shop for food.
To help her family, Parvana decides to cut her hair and disguise herself as a boy, turning herself into the breadwinner for the family. And though she is in danger of being discovered, Parvana resolves to find a way to rescue her father.
The Breadwinner is a wonderful tale of female empowerment and imagination in the face of oppression – celebrating the culture, history and beauty of Afghanistan.

Nora Twomey

As a co-founder and Creative Director at Cartoon Saloon, Nora Twomey oversees the development of the company’s slate of productions, such as Puf n Rock, the preschool series narrated by Chris O’Dowd and acquired by Netflix. Nora directed the multiple- award-winning short films From Darkness and Cúilín Dualach (Back- wards Boy), and was co-director of Cartoon Saloon’s Academy Award nominated animated feature The Secret of Kells. She then served as Head of Story on the company’s second feature, Song of the Sea, which was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

The Breadwinner, a feature adaptation of Deborah Ellis’ best-selling young adult novel, is her debut as a solo feature director. The screenplay is written by Anita Doron and Angelina Jolie is among the film’s executive producers. The animated film was premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in September 2017.

Friday 6th April: 19.30h
Cine Estudio. Círculo de Bellas Artes

Section: Competitive


Year of Production: 2017

Running Time: 93′

Country: Ireland and Canada

Language: English

Director: Nora Twomey

Cast: Saara Chaudry, Soma Chhaya, Shaista Latif, Laara Sadiq and Ali Badshah

Producers: Angelina Jolie, Anthony Leo, Andrew Rosen, Paul Young, Tomm Moore, Stephan Roelants, , Gerry Shirren, Mimi Polk Gitlin, Jon Levin, Regina K. Scully, Eric Beckman, David Jesteadt, mary Bredin, Frank Falcone, Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim

Production Companies: Aircraft Pictures, Cartoon Saloon, Melusine Pruductions and Jolie Pas Productions

International Sales: WestEnd Films

Main Festivals and Awards: Nominated to the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars and the Golden Globes


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