, 2019 / min / / CANCELLED

The screening of Swallows of Kabul on 8th March at 4.30 PM at Kinepolis Kirchberg had to be cancelled.

Sun 08/03 16:30 CANCELLED

“As a medium, animation suits this adaptation well; it would have been nearly impossible to shoot as live fiction or on location. Here the drawings communicate quickly what took several pages of description and dialogue to express in the novel, whether it is Mohsen’s memories of better days at the cinema shown as a time-lapse sequence of hand-holding couples in Western clothes or Atiq’s merciless Taliban superior Qassim, as he lolls in a brothel, his long legs pinioning the young girl he is holding on to. Particularly striking are various subjective shots from behind the eye-screen of a burqa […] Breitman, who is also a popular actress and director of television and theater, decided to capture her voice cast during live performance rather than simply as voices standing at a mic. This approach lends extra authenticity to the sound and rhythms of the acting” Alissa Simon, Variety, 16/05/2019

The Swallows of Kabul is an aesthetically and narratively beautiful example of the affecting power of essential, humanist, and feminist ideas that auteur animation offers, and which can reach broader audiences of both adult and younger viewers.” Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa, 16/05/19

  • Jury Prize, Pauillac Film Festival, 2019 (France)
  • Valois de Diamant – Best Film, Angoulême Film Festival, 2019 (France)
  • Valois de la Musique – Best Music, Angoulême Film Festival, 2019 (France)
  • Audience Award, International Historical Fiction Film Festival, 2019 (France)
  • Harry Julius Award for the Best Animation, Veterans Film Festival, 2019 (Australia)
Cast & Credits
Simon Abkarian, Zita Hanrot, Swann Arlaud, Hiam Abbass, Jean-Claude Deret, Sébastien Pouderoux, Serge Bagdassarian, Michel Jonasz, Pascal Elbé
Sébastien Tavel, Patricia Mortagne, Zabou Breitman, based on the book “The Swallows of Kabul” by Yasmina Khadra
Pascal Villard
Alexis Rault
Les Armateurs, Mélusine Productions, Close Up Films
Mélusine Productions
Nils Robin, Nicolas Debray

Zabou Breitman is a French filmmaker, stage director, actress and screenwriter. She started her acting career at age four before she went on to study cinema, modern Greek and English as well as taking acting classes at Cours Simon in Paris. In 2001, she directed her first featue film, Beautiful Memories which was awarded three Césars, including for the Best First Work of Fiction. She follows up with The Man of My Life (2006), Someone I Loved (2009) and No and Me (2010). The Swallows of Kabul (2019) is her first animated film.

After finishing secondary school with a diploma in Fine Arts, Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec enrolled in the Gobelins school in 2003. Her first two animated short films Madame (2006), produced during her studies, and Escale (2010) were selected at Annecy International Animated Film Festival. After her studies, she worked as an animator on short films such as Bang Bang! (2014) by Julien Bisaro, which got nominated for a César as Best Animated Film in 2015, or Smart Monkey (2014) by Vincent Paronnaud and Nicolas Pawlowski. She went on to work as a character animator on feature films such as Ernest and Celestine (2012), Le chat du rabbin (2017), The Day of the Crows (2012), The Prophet (2014) and April and the Extraordinary World (2015). The Swallows of Kabul (2019) is her feature film directing debut.

  • Zabou Breitman
  • 2019 – Les hirondelles de Kaboul
  • 2017 – Paris etc (série TV / TV series / Fernsehserie)
  • 2010 – No et moi
  • 2009 – Je l’aimais
  • 2006 – L’homme de sa vie
  • 2006 – Dix films pour en parler (1 épisode de la série TV / 1 episode of the TV series / 1 Folge der Fernsehserie)
  • 2003 – Bien dit (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2003 – Bien entendu (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2003 – Bien joué (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2001 – Se souvenir des belles choses
  • Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec
  • 2019 – Les hirondelles de Kaboul
  • 2010 – Escale (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2006 – Madame (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)