The Breadwinner

Directed by Nora Twomey
  • Ireland
  • 1hr 34mins
  • 2017

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Cert: 12A

Irish filmmaker and animator Nora Twomey makes her solo directorial debut in this acclaimed feature that takes  us to the streets of Afghanistan via Kilkenny’s Cartoon Saloon. Our heroine is Parvana, an 11-year-old girl whose family, like many others, struggle for a better life under Taliban rule in 2001. Based on Deborah Ellis’s much-loved novel, Parvana cuts her hair and dresses like a boy in an attempt to help her family survive following the wrongful arrest of her father. Twomey’s powerful film drew the attention of UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie, who is executive producer.

For the Cork-born animator, who founded Cartoon Saloon with Tomm Moore and Paul Young, The Breadwinner is a passion project several years in the making. The studio has created such award-winning films as The Secret of Kells, but this is Twomey’s first solo run, and its powerful storytelling and striking animation have garnered a great deal of international attention throughout awards season.

Nora Twomey has taken a much loved book and fashioned a magical tale of survival with traditional Cartoon Saloon visual flair.

Gráinne Humphreys, Festival Director

Saara Chaudry
Soma Chhaya
Noorin Gulamgaus

Nominated at the 2018 Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture - Animated

Film Guests in Attendance

Writer/director Nora Twomey and crew will attend this screening.

Schedule & Tickets

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