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French Film Festival: The Swallows of Kabul (Les hirondelles de Kaboul)

Sun, Mar 8 / 7 pm
Directed by Zabou Breitman & Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec
2019, France, 81 min
French with English subtitles

Summer 1998 – Kabul under Taliban rule. Zunaira and Mohsen are young and in love. Despite the daily violence and misery, they hope for a better future. One day, a foolish gesture causes life to take an irrevocable turn. The film is an adaption of the novel of the same name by the Algerian writer Yasmina Khadra, and was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

Alliance Française du Manitoba is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to teaching and promoting French and its diverse culture. For the 6th time, the Alliance Française’s French Film Festival provides an opportunity to see a selection of vibrant new French features. Curated by Damien Ferland and Marie Lemeunier. With the support of the Government of Canada, Government of Québec, and Institut Française. 

 

Reviews

One of the many beauties of “The Swallows of Kabul” is that it portrays every central character as a complex human being capable of change. The hand-drawn animation has the pleasing, muted appearance of watercolor painting, and is exceptionally detailed and subtly shaded, providing a greater than usual realism in its depiction of city settings. The content is disturbing and morally complex, treating subjects like sex, love, and temptation.
- Barbara Scharres, Roger Ebert.com
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