THE SWALLOWS OF KABUL

LES HIRONDELLES DE KABOUL

By Zabou BREITMAN, Eléa GOBBÉ-MÉVELLEC

HOF INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - INTERNATIONALE HOFER FILMTAGE - as FEST

Animation - Completed 2019

Summer 1998 - Kabul under Taliban rule. Zunaira and Mohsen are young and in love. Despite the daily violence and misery, they hope for a better future.
One day, a foolish gesture causes life to take an irrevocable turn.

Festivals
& Awards

Festival de Cannes 2019
Un Certain Regard
Fest. Animation Annecy - MIFA 2019
Yokohama FF 2019
Gao Foundation Award for Distribution 2019
Valetta IF 2019
Public's Choice Award
Bucharest FF 2019
Jerusalem FF 2019
Transatlantyk FF 2019
    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Animation
    • Countries
    • FRANCE
    • Languages
    • FRENCH
    • Duration
    • 80 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Zabou BREITMAN, Eléa GOBBÉ-MÉVELLEC
    • Producer(s)
    • Reginald DE GUILLEBON (Les Armateurs)
    • Synopsis
    • 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.