Tuesday 6 December 2016

Angelina Jolie Pitt to work as executive producer on new Irish-made animation

Geraldine Gittens

Published 11/08/2015 | 18:30

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Photo: @CartoonSaloon

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie Pitt will join forces with an Irish animation studio to bring a best selling book to life.

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Jolie Pitt will serve as an executive producer on the film The Breadwinner which will also be made by Kilkenny’s Cartoon Saloon.

The Breadwinner is based on the internationally acclaimed young adult novel of the same name by Canadian author Deborah Ellis and will be directed by Nora Twomey (co-director, Oscar-nominated The Secret of Kells) with screen story by Ellis and screenplay by Anita Doron. 

The Breadwinner is the story of Parvana, a young girl living under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, who must disguise herself as a boy and become the breadwinner of the family when her father is unfairly imprisoned. 

Photo: @CartoonSaloon
Photo: @CartoonSaloon

It is a story of self-empowerment and imagination in the face of oppression, and also celebrates the culture, history and beauty of Afghanistan.

Jolie Pitt said: "I am delighted to be working with a talented team of artists who I know will do justice to the richness,creativity and strength of Afghan culture and to little girls like Parvana.”

“Millions of young girls like Parvana are growing up today under oppression or conflict, and helping their families to survive in those conditions. This story is a reminder of the immense value of their contribution"

Jolie Pitt will donate any profits derived from her role as executive producer of The Breadwinner towards education of Afghan girls.

The film is currently casting and in pre-production in advance of an August production start and due for completion in early 2017.

The Breadwinner was recently hailed as a book that all girls should read by 17-year-old activist and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai. She told the New York Times in 2014 that, “’The Breadwinner’ reminds us how courageous and strong women are around the world.”

Jolie Pitt is currently in post-production on By The Sea, a drama she wrote, directed and stars in with her husband Brad Pitt that will be released by Universal this year. 

She recently directed Universal’s Unbroken, based on the life of Olympian and World War II POW survivor Louis Zamperini, and she made her feature directorial debut with In the Land of Blood and Honey.  Jolie Pitt presented and served as an executive producer of the Ethiopian film “Difret,” which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and won international audience awards at both the Sundance and Berlin film festivals.

Cartoon Saloon is the twice Academy Award-nominated animation studio which created the Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea.

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