The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland hosted a sneak preview of Nora Twomey’s directorial feature debut, The Breadwinner which was screened in The Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin this week. The Breadwinner is the latest feature from the Academy-Award-nominated Irish animation studio, Cartoon Saloon, and was premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month. The BAI screening in the Lighthouse Cinema was the first ever showing in Ireland ahead of its release on 25 May 2018.
With an enthralling and truly powerful piece of storytelling, an art piece that marvels the eyes; The Breadwinner had the audience in the palms of their hands. There was also a Q & A session after the screening with Twomey, Cartoon’s Saloon’s CEO and Producer Paul Young, and Executive Producer Gerry Shirren. This session opened up the floor and ignited discussion around The Breadwinner’s themes and significance, especially among the younger members of the audience who had plenty of questions and comments to contribute. The Q & A was moderated by BAI Chairman, Dr Pauric Travers.
Looking forward to seeing The Breadwinner again in cinemas next year!
Based on the best-selling children’s novel by Deborah Ellis, The Breadwinner tells the story of 11 year old Parvana who gives up her identity to provide for her family and try to save her father’s life. Parvana’s father Nurullah had told stories about history and imagination to Parvana as she helped him in the marketplace of Taliban controlled Kabul in the year 2001. When he is arrested Parvana finds the courage to look for him when everyone else had given up hope. She becomes a storyteller, remembering a brother she has once known. Every day is a challenge as Parvana tries to bring home enough food and water to support her mother, sister and little brother. She meets a fellow girl in disguise called Shauzia and together, they form a bond that will give them the strength to endure the war that comes to their doorstep in the Fall of 2001. The Breadwinner is a celebration of children – for children, whatever their age, wherever they live.
The Breadwinner is a co-production between Aircraft Pictures Canada, Melusine Productions Luxembourg and Cartoon Saloon and had its world premiere at TIFF 2017. The film was directed by Nora Twomey with screenplay by Anita Doron and Deborah Ellis.
See the official trailer here. You won’t be disappointed 🙂
If you want to learn more about the breadwinner please visit: http://thebreadwinner.com/