Cartoon Saloon’s latest animated project, ‘The Breadwinner’, has moved into animation production. The Irish studio, that produced the critically acclaimed films ‘The Secret of Kells’ and ‘Song of the Sea’, released new artwork from the film yesterday, increasing anticipation among the already eager audience.
‘The Breadwinner’ is based on the novel of the same name by Deborah Ellis, and follows 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 adaptation of the novel, with contributions from Anita Doron.
Created in beautiful hand-drawn animation, the film will mark the solo feature directorial debut of studio co-founder Nora Twomey. Twomey served as co-director on the Oscar-nominated film ‘The Secret of Kells’, and has also produced ‘Eddie of the Realms Eternal’ and the animated series ‘Puffin Rock’.
‘Breadwinner’ marks an international co-production between Cartoon Saloon and Canada’s Aircraft Pictures and Luxembourg’s Melusine Productions, and is being produced in association with Angelina Jolie Pitt’s Jolie Pas Productions (Jolie has funded multiple schools for girls in Afghanistan).
Breadwinner is currently scheduled for completion in summer 2017, with distribution confirmed for Canada (Elevation Pictures) and Ireland/UK (Studiocanal). Release information for other territories has not been given at the present time.