The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner
  • 2017
  • 1h 33min
  • Directed by: Nora Twomey
  • Cast: Saara Chaudry, Soma Chhaya, Noorin Gulamgaus
  • UK release: 6 October 2017

Parvana (Chaudry) is an 11-year-old girl living in Kabul, who when her father is arrested by the Taliban, disguises herself as a boy so she can move around unimpeded. The animation is elegantly simple and it’s a valiant effort, but the script lacks clarity and it’s hard to see how children would take to such a politically-charged narrative.

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Performance times

All Saints Arts Centre, Lewes (0.0 miles)

Friars Walk, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2LE
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Fri 3 May

£5.50 some concessions

The Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock (0.0 miles)

Farley Road, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6NB
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Mon 21 Jan

£4–£5

Sheffield University Students' Union (0.0 miles)

Western Bank, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S10 2TG
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Sun 2 Dec

  • 15:30
  • 19:30
film maltings: The Breadwinner

Year: 2017Country: Ireland-Canada-LuxembourgDirector: Nora TwomeyStarring: Saara Chaudry, Soma Chhaya, Noorin GulamgausJoin us on our Wine and Movie for a drink and an enchanting animated feature film which we think has a definite wow factor. A tale of courage and survival against the odds, you will surely be taken on an emotional, dramatic and imaginative journey (suitable for adults and children aged 11 and over).Deli platter available as an optional extra.From executive producer Angelina Jolie and the creators of the Academy Award nominated The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, this film is based on Deborah Ellis' bestselling novel.Parvana is an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy in order to support her family. Working alongside her friend Shauzia, Parvana discovers a new world of freedom-and danger. With undaunted courage, Parvana draws strength from the fantastical stories she invents, as she embarks on a quest to find her father and reunite her family.Equal parts thrilling and enchanting, The Breadwinner isan inspiring and luminously animated tale about the power of stories to sustain hope and carry us through dark times. IMDb sublime, magical and from the heart. Ian Freer, Empire magazine

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The Breadwinner

21 May 20183 stars

Oscar-nominated, Afghanistan-set animation from Irish filmmaker Nora Twomey

Nominated for the Best Animated Feature Academy Award at this year's ceremony, The Breadwinner is Irish filmmaker Nora Twomey's follow-up to The Secret of Kells (co-directed with Tomm Moore), which was itself nominated for an Oscar back in 2010. This…

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