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The Swallows of Kabul
Les Hirondelles De Kaboul

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Love in a time of tyranny: this stunning animation directed by the two-woman team of Zabou Breitman and Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec chronicles life under the Taliban, and bravely doesn’t shy away from either brutality or hope. 

In the sweltering summer of 1998, young lovers Mohsen and Zunaira try to covertly experience passion in spite of the oppressive presence of the ruling Taliban that affects even the most private aspects of life. Simultaneously, older couple Atiq and Mussarat are dealing with a threat even more deadly than fundamentalism.

Produced by Les Armateurs, the French creative team behind such animated gems as The Triplets of Belleville and Ernest & Celestine (MIFF 2012), this adaptation of the 2002 novel by Yasmina Khadra (the pen name of Algerian author Mohammad Moulesshoul) is suffused with unflinching yet compassionate imagery. Captured directly from the movements of the voice actors in a delicate and evocative watercolour style, what could have been a grim experience in other hands is elevated into visual poetry. When all hope appears lost, there is still the chance to be courageous.

“One of the many beauties of The Swallows of Kabul is that it portrays every central character as a complex human being capable of change. A simple rant against Taliban evils would be easy and forgettable. This film threads an undying hope for the future through every shade of its tragedy and sacrifice.” – RogerEbert.com

Tickets

1461
Sat 10 Aug 11:00 am [1461]
Forum Theatre Wheelchair Access100% Subtitles
Past event
2690
Wed 14 Aug 3:45 pm [2690]
The Capitol Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access100% Subtitles
Past event
This session is bookable on a pass

To book a wheelchair space or to advise of other access requirements, please contact Box Office on (03) 8660 4898 or email boxoffice@miff.com.au
Key Cast
Hiam Abbass, Simon Abkarian, Swann Arlaud, Zita Hanrot
Directors
Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec, Zabou Breitman
Producers
Joëlle Bertossa, Michel Merkt, Reginald De Guillebon, Stephan Roelants
Screenwriters
Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec, Patricia Mortagne, Sébastien Tavel, Zabou Breitman
Composer
Alexis Rault
Editor
Françoise Bernard
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere
Format
Digital
Company Credit
World Sales: Pascale Ramonda

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