Fiction. In the late 1980s, Qodrat, a 15-year-old teenager, lives on the streets of Kabul selling movie tickets on the black market. A great admirer of Bollywood films, he fantasizes about one day being able to star in his favorite scenes. One day he is arrested by the police and interned at the city’s Soviet orphanage. However, the political situation in Kabul is convulsed and Qodrat and the rest of the children will have to fight to defend their home.
Shahr is an Afghan writer and director based in Kabul, where she studied at the Atelier Varan. She directed her first feature film, Wolf and Sheep, at the age of 20 and with the help of Cinéfondation in 2010, being the youngest director selected so far. With it, she won the Best Director Award in the Directors’ Fortnight in 2016.
Her second feature film, The Orphanage, is the second part of a pentalogy, after Wolf and Sheep, five autobiographical films. It was presented in 2019, in the Directors’ Fortnight.
Year of Production: 2019
Running Time: 90’
Countries: Afganistan, Denmark, Germany, France, Luxembourg and Qatar
Languages: Dari, Russian and Hindi-Urdu
Director: Shahrbanoo Sadat
Cast: Qodratollah Qadiri, Sediqa Rasuli, Masihullah Feraji, Hasibullah Rasooli and Ahmad Fayaz Omani
Producer: Katja Adomeit
Production Company: Adomeit Films Aps
International Sales: Luxbox
Main festivals and awards: Winner of the Cannes’s Film Festival Award (Director’s Fortnight), Golden Puffin Award at Reykjavik Film Festival. Selected in the CineCopro competition in Munich and in the competition of the Brussels Festival