The Breadwinner

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Ireland | 2017 | 94 minutes | Nora Twomey

Opens November 24, 2017

From the Academy Award-nominated filmmakers behind Song of the Sea and The Secret of Kells comes The Breadwinner, imbued with Cartoon Saloon's famously beautiful design elements and evocative mythological underpinnings. It is the feature debut of studio co-founder Nora Twomey and was executive produced by GKIDS and Angelina Jolie.

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 us all.

  • Director: Nora Twomey
  • Principal Cast: Saara Chaudry, Laara Sadiq, Shaista Latif, Ali Badshah, Noorin Gulamgaus
  • Country: Ireland, Canada, Luxembourg
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 94 minutes
  • Producer: Angelina Jolie, Anthony Leo, Tomm Morre, Andrew Rosen
  • Screenplay: Anita Doron, Deborah Ellis
  • Language: English
  • Rating: PG-13


SIFFcast with Nora Twomey, director of The Breadwinner

Nora talks about what drew her to the story, making the film while undergoing chemotherapy, and working with Executive Producer Angelina Jolie.

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