It has been announced that Angelina Jolie Pitt and her Jolie Pas Productions have joined forces with the filmmaking team of the upcoming animated feature film ‘The Breadwinner.’ Jolie Pitt will serve as an executive producer on the film.
‘The Breadwinner’ is the story of Parvana, a young girl living under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, who must disguise herself as a boy and become the breadwinner of the family when her father is unfairly imprisoned. A story of self-empowerment and imagination in the face of oppression, ‘The Breadwinner’ also celebrates the culture, history and beauty of Afghanistan. A version of the film will be produced in Dari in addition to the English-language version.
The film is based on the internationally acclaimed young adult novel of the same name by Canadian author Deborah Ellis and will be directed by Cork native Nora Twomey (co-director on the Oscar-nominated ‘The Secret of Kells’) with screen story by Ellis and screenplay by Anita Doron (‘The End of Silence’).
Producers on the project include Tomm Moore and Paul Young of the twice Academy Award-nominated Cartoon Saloon (‘The Secret of Kells,’ ‘Song of the Sea’), Anthony Leo and Andrew Rosen of Aircraft Pictures and Stephan Roelants of Luxembourg-based production company Melusine Productions. Academy Award-nominated producers Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer (‘The Square’) and Gerry Shirren at Cartoon Saloon will serve as executive producers.
The film was developed with support from the Irish Film Board, Telefilm Canada, the Film Fund Luxembourg, Corus Entertainment, the Harold Greenberg Fund and the Belinda Stronach Foundation. The film is currently casting and in pre-production in advance of an August production start and due for completion in early 2017.
“Millions of young girls like Parvana are growing up today under oppression or conflict, and helping their families to survive in those conditions. This story is a reminder of the immense value of their contribution” Jolie Pitt said. “I am delighted to be working with a talented team of artists who I know will do justice to the richness, creativity and strength of Afghan culture and to little girls like Parvana.”
Published by Groundwood Books, the novel has been in print for over 15 years and is recommended reading in numerous middle schools throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. Author Deborah Ellis recently completed My Name is Parvana, the fourth book in the series which has cumulative sales exceeding 2.5 million copies across 25 languages. Ellis has donated more than $1 million from her book royalties to the charity Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan. Jolie Pitt will donate any profits derived from her role as executive producer of The Breadwinner towards education of Afghan girls.