The Breadwinner

Original Release: October 20, 2017 (Animation Is Film Festival) (US)
Directed by: Nora Twomey
Written by: Deborah Elli, Anita Doron
Produced by: Anthony Leo, Tomm Moore, Andrew Rosen, Paul Young, Angelina Jolie
Running Time: 94 minutes
Box Office: $312,381 (US)

From executive producer Angelina Jolie and the creators of the Academy Award nominated The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, comes the highly-anticipated new feature 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 is an inspiring and luminously animated tale about the power of stories to sustain hope and carry us through dark times.


Cast & Characters

Saara Chaudry (Parvana) (voice), Soma Chhaya/Bhatia (Shauzia) (voice), Noorin Gulamgaus (Idrees / Sulayman) (voice), Laara Sadiq (Fattema / Old Woman) (voice), Ali Badshah (Nurullah / Talib Security Man) (voice), Shaista Latif (Soraya) (voice), Kanza Feris (Sorceress / Woman in Courtyard) (voice), Kawa Ada (Razaq) (voice) Kane Mahon (Optician / Kiln Owner / Crowd Voices) (voice), Ali Kazmi (Darya / Fruit Juice Vendor / Jail Warden / Various) (voice), Mran Volkhard (Megaphone / Market Seller) (voice), Reza Sholeh (Stall Seller / Fruit Seller / Guard Man on Bike / Teenage Boy #2) (voice)


Trivia
  • This is the only film nominated for best animated feature at the 2018 Oscars not produced in the United States.
  • Based on the book of the same name.
  • The Breadwinner was executive produced by Angelina Jolie who worked with director Nora Twomey to bring the novel to the screen. Twomey is an Irish animator, director, screenwriter, producer and voice actress. She is also a founding partner in Cartoon Saloon, an Irish animation studio based in Kilkenny that did the key animation for The Breadwinner.
  • Angelina Jolie signed on to be executive producer in 2014.

Quotes from Cast & Crew

"She shared our sensibilities and helped guide the process, from the casting all the way through to the exact sensibility of this story and where the story leads to. As a female film director, to have another female film director to be able to ring up and seek guidance from was great. It was fantastic for our cast as well, because she very much asked me to, where I could, cast Afghan actors or at least people who had some kind of a story to tell in terms of moving from one country to another, or some kind of depth to them and intelligence to bring to the part."
- Nora Twomey

"She listened carefully to tapes 'to find the soul of the person'. This voice is too funny, or too old, or this person doesn’t sound as gentle. She has an actor’s ear."
- Nora Twomey

"I am proud to be a part of this beautiful film with this timely and very important subject matter. Millions of girls around the world have to grow up before their time, working to provide for their families at a very young age and in difficult circumstances. They have the strength to do what no one should ask little girls to do. I hope this film is able to bring this discussion to a broader audience."
- Angelina jolie

"I wanted to work with Nora, and the book was special to my children, so I already knew the story. I have spent a lot of time in Pakistan, Afghanistan, with Afghan people. I have a love and respect for Afghan people, and I thought, “How wonderful that there would be something relatable, like animation, that can tell something as heavy as this story through the eyes of a child, in this unique art form."
- Angelina Jolie

"I think the fact that young girls in war are the most vulnerable people on earth."
- Angelina Jolie

"I didn’t realize, because I hadn’t worked on animation in that way—I’d only loaned my voice before—that really, it’s a very different collaboration, and it’s intimate in a different way. For this, in particular, it’s beautiful because everybody worked on it because Nora wanted to be so true and authentic to Afghanistan, with the research done, and the music, and the light. When you have that many people spending that much time just thinking about this little girl, and her father, and this country that’s been through so much, just to have that long meditation and dedication to create as artists, it’s a great thing."
- Angelina Jolie


Awards & Nominations

Academy Awards - Best Animated Feature Film
Golden Globes - Best Motion Picture - Animated
ACTRA Awards - Outstanding Performance - Voice - Saara Chaudry
Alliance of Women Film Journalists - Best Animated Female - Saara Chaudry
Alliance of Women Film Journalists - Best Feature
Annecy International Animated Film Festival - Special Prize
Annecy International Animated Film Festival - Best Feature
Annie Awards - Best Animated Feature - Independent
Annie Awards - Outstanding Achievement for Character Design in an Animated Feature Production
Annie Awards - Outstanding Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production
Annie Awards - Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Feature Production
Annie Awards - Outstanding Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production
Annie Awards - Outstanding Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production - Saara Chaudry
Annie Awards - Outstanding Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production - Laara Sadiq
Annie Awards - Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Production
Annie Awards - Outstanding Achievement for Editorial in an Animated Feature Production
Annie Awards - Outstanding Achievement for Production Design in an Animated Feature Production
Austin Film Critics Association - Best Animated Film
Awards Circuit Community Awards - Best Animated Feature Film
Behind the Voice Actors Awards - Best Female Lead Vocal Performance in a Feature Film - Saara Chaudry
Behind the Voice Actors Awards - Best Vocal Ensemble in a Feature Film
Behind the Voice Actors Awards - Best Female Vocal Performance in a Feature Film in a Supporting Role - Laara Sadiq
Behind the Voice Actors Awards - Best Female Vocal Performance in a Feature Film in a Supporting Role - Soma Chhaya
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Animated Feature
Canadian Screen Awards - Achievement in Music - Original Score
Canadian Screen Awards - Achievement in Sound Editing
Canadian Screen Awards - Achievement in Music - Original Song
Canadian Screen Awards - Adapted Screenplay
Canadian Screen Awards - Best Motion Picture
Canadian Screen Awards - Achievement in Editing
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards - Best Animated Film
Denver Film Critics Society - Best Animated Film
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Animated Film
Georgia Film Critics Association - Best Animated Film
Gold Derby Awards - Animated Feature
Hawaii Film Critics Society - Best Animated Film
Houston Film Critics Society Awards - Best Animated Film
Indiewire Critics' Poll - Best Animated Feature
International Cinephile Society Awards - Best Animated Film
International Online Cinema Awards - Best Animated Feature
Leeds International Film Festival - Fanomenon
London Film Festival - Official Competition
LA Film Critics Association Awards - Best Animation
Monstra international Filmfestival - Audience Award
Motion Picture Sound Editors - Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR for Animated Feature Film
North Carolina Film Critics Association - Best Animated Film
North Texas Film Critics Association - Best Animated Film
Online Film & Television Association - Best Animated Picture
Online Film Critics Society Awards - Best Animated Feature
Phoenix Critics Circle - Best Animated Film
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards - Best Animated Film
San Francisco Film Critics Circle - Best Animated Feature
Satellite Awards - Best Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media
Seattle Film Critics Awards - Best Animated Feature
TIFF Kids International Film Festival - Best Feature Film (Ages 11-13)
Toronto Film Critics Association Awards - Best Animated Feature
Village Voice Film Poll - Best Animated Feature
Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards - Best Animated Feature
Women Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Animated Female
Women Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Family Film
Young Artist Awards - Best Performance in a Voice-Acting Role - Young Artist - Saara Chaudry