Academy Award®-Nominated, The Breadwinner, Released in Irish Cinemas, Friday 25 May

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Academy Award®-Nominated, The Breadwinner, Released in Irish Cinemas, Friday 25 May

Posted: 21st May 2018

Following widespread criticial acclaim, which culminated in a coveted Academy Award® nomination earlier this year, Nora Twomey's debut animated feature, The Breadwinner, is released in Irish cinemas this Friday, 25 May, 

The Breadwinner tells the story of eleven-year-old Parvana, who gives up her identity to provide for her family and to try to save her father’s life. A story of self-empowerment and imagination in the face of oppression, the film also celebrates the culture, history and beauty of Afghanistan with a cast that includes many performers of Afghan descent.

Since its world premiere at the prestigious Toronto Film Festival (TIFF) last September, The Breadwinner, has achieved immense success on the international stage, including garnering ten Annie Award nominations; taking home the ceremony's accolade for Best Animated Feature, marking the first time a solo female director has won in this category. The title also won Best Adapted Screenplay, Original Score, Original Song, and Achievement in Sound Editing at the Canadian Screen Awards as well as the AUDI-ence Award at the Dublin International Film Festival. 

The Breadwinner is produced by Paul Young of Kilkenny’s Cartoon Saloon (Song of the SeaThe Secret of Kells) alongside Canada's Aircraft Pictures, and Luxembourg's Melusine Productions and Angelina Jolie serves as the title’s executive producer. The Breadwinner was developed with support from Telefilm Canada, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, the Film Fund Luxembourg, Corus Entertainment, the Harold Greenberg Fund and the Belinda Stronach Foundation.