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Cartoon Saloon Releases ‘The Breadwinner’ Teaser Trailer

Cartoon Saloon and GKIDS have released the first teaser trailer from The Breadwinner, the Afghanistan-set feature directed by Nora Twomey.

The film is slated for a fall 2017 theatrical release in North America:

The Breadwinner is based on the novel of the same name by Deborah Ellis, telling the story of Parvana, a young girl living under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan who, after her father’s imprisonment, disguises herself as a boy to become the family’s breadwinner. Ellis wrote the screen story, and Anita Doron contributed the screenplay. The film, according to its producers, “celebrates the culture, history and beauty of Afghanistan with a cast that includes many performers of Afghan descent.”

An Ireland-Canada-Luxembourg co-production, Breadwinner also has involvement from Canada’s Aircraft Pictures and Luxembourg’s Melusine Productions, and is being produced in association with Angelina Jolie’s Jolie Pas Productions. The film also marks the first time that GKIDS is serving in a producing and financing capacity on a feature film, in addition to its previous role as distributor.

Breadwinner is produced by Aircraft Pictures’ Anthony Leo and Andrew Rosen, Cartoon Saloon’s Tomm Moore and Paul Young, and Melusine Productions’ Stephan Roelants. It is executive produced by Angelina Jolie, Jehane Noujaim, Karim Amer, Mimi Polk Gitlin, Jon Levin, Regina K. Scully, Frank Falcone, Mary Bredin, Cartoon Saloon’s Gerry Shirren, and GKIDS’ Eric Beckman and David Jesteadt.

“I am proud to be a part of this beautiful film with this timely and very important subject matter,” says Angelina Jolie of her involvement with the project. “Millions of girls around the world have to grow up before their time, working to provide for their families at a very young age and in difficult circumstances. They have the strength to do what no one should ask little girls to do. I hope this film is able to bring this discussion to a broader audience. As much as it is an important and very meaningful film, it also stands on its own as a great piece of art. Director Nora Twomey and her team have done something very special. They have breathed life into the characters and paid respect to the subject matter and to a country where women often struggle.”

Westend Films is handling international sales.

  • The Breadwinner is hands down my most anticipated movie of 2017! Whenever I do watch the movie, I’ll be prepare to have a box of tissues next to me for when I start to let loose of tears.

    Plus, I keep hearing that Wolfwalkers is also coming out this year as well! If that’s the case, then awesome! Talk about a double win!!

    • Tomm

      Hey thanks for your support and I’m glad you are excited for our new movie – just to clarify though Wolfwalkers is in the earliest stages of storyboardjng and financing . So the release is likely many years away. But we have the Breadwinner to look forward to as well as many other exciting projects from Cartoon Saloon and Lighthouse studios here in Kilkenny ;-)

      • Thank you Tomm for the corrected info! I must’ve misheard from someone that I got the wrong info from. But nevertheless, I’m still very excited for the release of The Breadwinner along with all the other projects that are still in development!

        Also, just to let you know that I’m a huge fan of Skunk Fu! and I owned all three DVD releases! Such a underrated TV show in the U.S.

      • Cameron Ward

        Well, I can’t wait to see Wolfwalkers in the future. I bet GKids will be knocking at your door in the future. Been loving your guys films for a good few years now, and have been showing them off to everyone that I can.

  • Pedro Nakama

    Looks good. Release date?

  • Tim Tran

    It looks absolutely amazing….

  • ThatGuy

    Great pseudo-Kells style. Interesting for sure.

  • C. Rose

    It’s amazing how in one week, we see trailers for both “The Emoji Movie” and “The Breadwinner” – and they could not be more polar opposites.

    This film looks absolutely astounding. The story already resonates with you just from the trailer alone. It also looks like the animation quality has improved significantly from “Song of the Sea”, and that film was absolutely gorgeous to look at.

    Definitely a film to keep an eye out for!!

    • ea

      And now that the Academy has changed the rules for the BAF category, the former now is more likely to get a nom than the latter :(

      • C. Rose

        They changed the rules recently? I was not aware of that. Thanks for the heads up – I’ll have to look into the changes.

  • anne

    I can’t wait for the Breadwinner to come out! And I hope they are working on the sequel!
    It look s amazing!

  • A Stranger in the Alps

    Cartoon Saloon has done no wrong so far, to my mind. Can’t wait to see this one.

  • Every project that Cartoon Saloon is involved with has such BEAUTIFUL and high quality production design!! I can see some visual similarities here with earlier Saloon films but the change in character design does set it apart, and I think that will serve the story well (what has been described of it so far; I have not read the book).

    ANYWAY I am very, very excited to see this one and suspect it will make me cry. Which is fine. :)

  • Ryan Cullen

    Okay, going to have to seek this one out at the theater. Looks wonderful.

  • Mermaid Warrior

    Looks like a good movie, and the animation is just beautiful! I’ll totally check it out.

  • Marielle

    I know I will like the movie because it’s a great story and a great studio, but this trailer confuses me. The second animation style is more interesting than the first one. How much of the movie will be animated in that second style?

  • Mark Walton

    Wow. So excited for this. So great when people with serious money are willing to risk it on people with great talent AND an important, compelling story, and not just another possibly profitable but forgettable Hollywood clone.