Luxembourg co-production “The Breadwinner”, the latest animated film by Nora Twomey, has scooped the two main awards at the inaugural Animation Is Film festival.
Produced by Luxembourg’s Melusine Productions along with Ireland’s Cartoon Saloon, and Canada’s Aircraft Pictures, “The Breadwinner” is based on the young adult book of the same name by Deborah Ellis. It tells the story of a young girl growing up under the Taliban regime. Angelina Jolie was an executive producer on the film.
The film won the jury’s Grand Prize and the Audience Award at the Animation Is Film in Hollywood. Already being tipped for an Oscar nomination (like its predecessors for the same production companies, “Song Of The Sea” and “The Secret of Kells”), ”The Breadwinner” received positive reviews when it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. The Wrap said the film “paints a powerful picture of a vibrant culture and people under stifling repression; it has monsters and plucky kids and colorful adventures like other animated films, but at heart it is a beautiful but troubling look at a people’s fight to survive.”
Melusine Productions head honcho Stephan Roelants, who already has an Oscar to his name for short animated film “M Hublot”, wrote on Facebook of the awards for “The Breadwinner”: