‘The Breadwinner,’ the new masterpiece from award-winning Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon (‘The Secret of Kells,’ ‘The Song Of The Sea’), will have its Irish premiere at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival 2018.

Directed by Nora Twomey and executive-produced by Angelina Jolie, ‘The Breadwinner’ is based on Deborah Ellis’ acclaimed novel and tells the extraordinary story of an 11-year-old Afghan girl Parvana, born into an ever-changing world of conflict and Taliban oppression, who must disguise herself as a boy to become her family’s sole breadwinner.

“On behalf of everyone who worked on ‘The Breadwinner,’ I am delighted that the film will have its Irish premiere at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival,” said Kilkenny-based Director Nora Twomey. “The festival has a long history of presenting exciting films from across the globe and we are all so proud to be part of it this February.”

Working with a team of over 200 animators, artists and actors from around the world, Twomey has created an innovative mix of 2-D animation with acrylic and digitally painted environments, as well as digital paper cut–out segments, all blended into a captivating story about family, friendship, and imagination. The film is a co-production with Aircraft Pictures Canada, Melusine Productions Luxembourg and Irish animation studio, Cartoon Saloon.

The Irish premiere of ‘The Breadwinner’ will take place on February 22nd, 2018 ,at Cineworld Dublin, on Parnell Street.


In other festival news, ADIFF, in association with the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, has announced screenings of the silent films, ‘Behind the Door’ (accompanied by musical director Stephen Horne on the piano) and ‘The Italian Straw Hat’ (accompanied by live quartet) as part of this year’s Silent Cinema programme.

“Silent films are a rare art form that have influenced generations of filmmakers and continue to inspire audiences almost a century after they were made,” said Grainne Humphreys, ADIFF’s Festival Director. “We are thrilled to be sharing these gems from the early days of cinema with audiences for the 2018 Festival.”

With much of Audi Dublin International Film Festival galas and films for 2018 already nearly finalised, it is never too early to secure your seat at all the key events of the 16th Audi Dublin International Film Festival as season tickets and gift vouchers are already on sale at diff.ie/festival