Saturday 19 October 2019

Angelina Jolie executive produced Irish animated film The Breadwinner to premiere at ADIFF

The Breadwinner
The Breadwinner

An Irish animated film executive-produced by Angelina Jolie will have its Irish premiere at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival.

The Breadwinner, directed by Norma Twomey, is co-produced by the award-winning Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon which created the stunning animated features The Secret of Kells and The Song of the Sea.

Based on Deborah Ellis' acclaimed novel, The Breadwinner tells the story of an 11-year-ol Afghan girl Parvana, born into an ever-changing world of conflict and Taliban oppression, who must disguise herself as a boy to become her family's sole breadwinner.

"On behalf of everyone who worked on The Breadwinner, I am delighted that the film will have its Irish premiere at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival,” said Kilkenny-based director Nora Twomey.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

"The festival has a long history of presenting  exciting films from across the globe and we are all so proud to be part of it this February."

The film is visually breathtaking and was created by a team of over 200 animators, artists and actors from around the world.  It's a mix of 2-D animation with acrylic and digitally painted environments as well as digital paper cut-out segments.

The Irish premiere of The Breadwinner will take place on February 22nd, 2018 ,at Cineworld Dublin, on Parnell Street.

ADIFF has also just announced silent film screenings.  In association with the San Francisco Silent Film Festival there will be screenings of the silent films, Behind the Door (accompanied by musical director Stephen Horne on the piano) and The Italian Straw Hat (accompanied by live quartet) as part of this year’s Silent Cinema programme.

“Silent films are a rare art form that have influenced generations of filmmakers and continue to inspire audiences almost a century after they were made,” said Grainne Humphreys, ADIFF’s Festival Director.

“We are thrilled to be sharing these gems from the early days of cinema with audiences for the 2018 Festival.”

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