Irish Animated Feature, The Breadwinner, Set For Irish Release on 25 May 2018

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Irish Animated Feature, The Breadwinner, Set For Irish Release on 25 May 2018

The latest feature from the Academy-Award-nominated Irish animation studio, Cartoon Saloon, The Breadwinner, which marks the directorial feature debut of Nora Twomey (co-director, Academy Award®-nominated The Secret of Kells) has been confirmed for release on 25 May, 2018.

The Breadwinner will receive its world premiere at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) next month, screening in a Special Presentation at the festival.

The film, which is adapted from the children’s novel of the same name by Deborah Ellis, tells the story of 11-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 Breadwinner also celebrates the culture, history and beauty of Afghanistan with a cast that includes many performers of Afghan descent.

The Breadwinner features the voice talents of Saara Chaudry (Max & Shred) in the role of Parvana, Soma Bhatia (Degrassi: Next Class) as Shauzia, Laara Sadiq (Remedy) as Parvana's mother Fattema, Ali Badshah (The Cat In The Hat) as Parvana's father Nurullah, Shaista Latif (This is the Life) as Parvana's sister Soraya, and Kawa Ada (Jihad Gigilo) as Razaq.

The film 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.

Watch the trailer here.