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ECFA Award Winner

Breadwinner, The

English title: Breadwinner, The
Original title: Breadwinner, The
German title: Brotverdiener, Der
Canada, Ireland, Luxembourg, 2017

Director: Twomey, Nora
Production company: Aircraft Pictures, Cartoon Saloon, Mélusine Productions, Gaia Entertainment, Gkids
Co-producers: Guru Animation Studio, Jolie Pas Production
Age recommendation: 10 years and up
Length: 94 min.
Film genre: Animation

Eleven-year-old Parvana lives with her family in one room of a tiny apartment building in war-torn Kabul, Afghanistan. Living under Taliban rule, Parvana grows up listening to stories told by her father while helping him in the marketplace where he reads and writes letters for people to earn a living.

One day, her father is arrested, and Parvana’s life is changed forever. In a time and place where women are not allowed to leave home without men, her family is left without someone who can earn money or even shop for food.

To help her family, Parvana decides to cut her hair and disguise herself as a boy, turning herself into the breadwinner for the family. And though she is in danger of being discovered, Parvana resolves to find a way to rescue her father.

Marketing strategies:
Based on Deborah Ellis’ award-winning novel. German title of the novel: "Die Sonne im Gesicht, ein Mädchen in Afghanistan"

Toronto IFF 2017, London IFF 2017, Annie Award 2018, Anima Brussels 2018, Providence CFF 2018, Luxembourg IFF 2018, Cartoon Movie 2018, TIFF Kids Toronto 2018 (awarded), Sottodiciotto Torino 2018, BUFF Malmö 2018, Leeds Young Film 2018, Kinotrip Ljubljana 2018, Taiwan CFF Taipei 2018, Animafest Zagreb 2018, Cinema in Sneakers Warsaw 2018 (ECFA Award), Cinema in Sneakers Warsaw 2018, Annecy IFF 2018 (awarded), Cartoon Club Rimini 2018, Fantoche Baden 2018, Schlingel Chemnitz 2018 (awarded), Cinemagic Belfast 2018, Kinodisea Bucharest 2018, My First Film Festival Barcelona 2018, Juniorfest Plzen 2018 (awarded), Juniorfest Plzen 2018, Vienna CFF 2018 (awarded), Kineko CFF Tokyo 2018 (awarded), Steiermark CFF 2018 , Ale Kino! CFF Poznan 2018, Smile CFF New Delhi 2018, Annonay IFF 2019, Itinerances Alès 2019, Valencia CFF 2019, Abloom CFF Oslo 2019, SehPferdchen CFF Hannover 2020, Castellinaria CFF Bellinzona 2020 (awarded), Freeze Frame Winnipeg 2021

Website: www.thebreadwinner.com/

Study guide: www.thebreadwinner.com/educators

Study guide: English

Study guide: German

World sales address/es:
West End Films (GB)

Sold to:
gkids (USA)
Studiocanal ( F)
Le Pacte (FR)