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Swallows of Kabul

Original title: Hirondelles de Kaboul, Les
German title: Swallows of Kabul
France, Luxembourg, Swirterland, 2019

Director: Breitman, Zabou & Gobbé-Mevellec, Eléa
Production company: Les Armateurs, Mélusine Productions
Co-producers: Close Up Films, ARTE France Cinéma, RTS - Radio Télévision Suisse, KNM
Age recommendation: 14 years and up
Length: 82 min.
Film genre: Animation

Synopsis:
Summer 1998 – Kabul under Taliban rule. Two neighbourhoods and two couples. One conservative – Atiq and Mussarat have been married for 20 years and are deeply engrained in the traditions of Afghan life. One modern – young and in love, Zunaira and Mohsen are against all the same traditions. Under the Talibans, they’ve both lost their jobs and have difficulties to make ends meet, yet they’re determined to maintain their modern values. One day, a stoning. Then an act of humiliation. Then a fight… and life takes an irrevocable turn. When the lives of these diametrically opposite couples become intertwined, sacrifice becomes the price to pay for love.

Marketing strategies:
Based on a novel by Yasmina Khadra.

Festivals:
Cannes IFF 2019, Annecy IFF 2019, Yokohama IFF 2019, Chicago IFF 2019, Göteborg IFF 20109, Animateka Ljubljana 2019, Annonay IFF 2020, Ciné-Jeune de l'Aisne 2020

World sales address/es:
Celluloid Dreams (F)