Director Nora Twomey pictured at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival Gala Irish Premiere of Oscar-nominated animation The Breadwinner. The Audi Dublin International Film Festival which runs until 4th March 2018. www.diff.ie
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The Breadwinner Synopsis:
Irish filmmaker and animator Nora Twomey makes her solo directorial debut in this acclaimed feature that takes us to the streets of Afghanistan via Kilkenny?s Cartoon Saloon. Our heroine is Parvana, an 11-year-old girl whose family, like many others, struggle for a better life under Taliban rule in 2001. Based on Deborah Ellis?s much-loved novel, Parvana cuts her hair and dresses like a boy in an attempt to help her family survive following the wrongful arrest of her father. Twomey?s powerful film drew the attention of UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie, who is executive producer.
For the Cork-born animator, who founded Cartoon Saloon with Tomm Moore and Paul Young, The Breadwinner is a passion project several years in the making. The studio has created such award-winning films as The Secret of Kells, but this is Twomey?s first solo run, and its powerful storytelling and striking animation have garnered a great deal of international attention throughout awards season.
The Dublin International Film Festival is sponsored by Audi, and funded by The Arts Council and The Irish Film Board.