The Swallows of Kabul

a ZABOU BREITMAN & ELÉA-GOBBÉ MÉVELLEC picture

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Title

The Swallows of Kabul

Director

Zabou Breitman, Eléa Gobbé-Mevellec

Producer

Les Armateurs

Nationality

France, Luxembourg, Switzerland

Year

2019

Duration

Language

French

Format

Ratio

Original Title

Les Hirondelles de Kaboul

Synopsis

Synopsis

Based on the best seller book The Swalllows of Kabul by Yasmina Khadra, winner of The Best Novel Prize of the year in the United States of America by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Christian Science Monitor; nominated at the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; Prize for Salon littéraire de Metz; Prize of the Algerian Booksellers. Yasmina Khadra is also the winner of the Great Prize of Litteralure Henri Gal.

Kabul under Taliban rule. Two neighborhoods and two couples. One conservative – Atiq and Mussarat have been married for 20 years and are deeply engrained in the traditions of Afghan life. Atiq works as the chief guard at the women’s prison. Mussarat is very ill and fights to remain a strong woman till the very end.

One modern – young and in love, Zunaira and Mohsen are against all the same traditions. Under the Talibans, they’ve both lost their jobs as lawyer anduniversity teacher and have difficulties to make ends meet. They have to sell their few possessions to buy food. Yet they’re determined to maintain their modern values.

One day, a stoning. Then an act of humiliation. Then a fight… and life takes an irrevocable turn.
When the lives of these diametrically opposite couples become intertwined, sacrifice becomes the price to pay for love.

Press

ABOUT THE BOOK

"Intense, elegant, despairing."

THE GUARDIAN

"If animation can, through the lightness of the drawing line and touches of color, evoke the intimate and the universal while revealing the forbidden, then we want to reward THE SWALLOWS OF KABUL for the strength of its subject and its artistic impetus."

DOMINIQUE HOFF, GENERAL DELEGATE OF THE GAN FOUNDATION

Festivals
& Awards

Gan Foundation Award for Distribution

Cast & Crew

Zita Hanrot
Swann Arlaud
Simon Abkarian
Directors Zabou Breitman, Eléa Gobbé-Mevellec
Producers Multi-Academy Award nominated Animation Studio
LES ARMATEURS