Les Hirondelles de Kaboul

The Swallows of Kabul
Director
Zabou Breitman, Éléa Gobbé-Mévellec
Country
France, Switzerland, Luxemburg
Year
2019
Genre
Animation, Fiction
Scriptwriters
Sébastien Tavel, Patricia Mortagne, Zabou Breitman
Production
Les Armateurs, Mystéo, Hildegarde, ARTE France Cinéma, Close Up Films, Mélusine Productions

Storyline

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.

Festivals & Academy awards and others

Festival de Cannes 2019
Un Certain Regard