The Powerful animated feature film THE BREADWINNER will hit theatres throughout the GCC on January 25th.
From executive producer Angelina Jolie and the creators of the Academy Award®-nominated The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, comes the highly-anticipated new feature based on Deborah Ellis’ best-selling young adult novel.THE BREADWINNER tells the story of Parvana, an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana disguises herself as a boy in order to support her family. With dauntless perseverance, Parvana draws strength from the stories her father told her, and ultimately risks her life to discover if he is still alive.
Equal parts thrilling and enchanting, THE BREADWINNER is a timely and inspiring tale about the transcendent power of stories, and their potential to unite and heal. It is a wonderful tale of female empowerment and imagination in the face of oppression – celebrating the culture, history and beauty of Afghanistan.
THE BREADWINNER premiered at Toronto International Film Festival 2017 and is directed by Nora Twomey, a co-founder and Creative Director at Cartoon Saloon. Nora is also the co-director 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 screenplay is written by Anita Doron with Angelina Jolie serving as Executive Producer.
Speaking about developing the production and working with Angelina Jolie, Director Nora Twomey said:
“The first time I talked to Angelina, it felt like the continuation of a discussion rather than the start of one. She was so in tune with the subtlety and style of storytelling I was using in The Breadwinner, she knew what I was trying to do and where to encourage me”.
“Angelina’s own experiences in Afghanistan, helping to provide education for young girls there for many years, meant she had a deep understanding of the problems faced by girls like Parvana. She understands the complex nature of conflict and its effects on children, and as a fellow filmmaker, she was able to articulate subtleties of character and culture that I was then able to sew into the tapestry of the film”.
THE BREADWINNER will be released in movie theatres across the GCC on January 25th.