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FFF20 The Swallows of Kabul

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Lauded at film festivals around the world – from Portugal to Japan to France’s acclaimed Annecy International Animated Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival – Zabou Breitman and Éléa Gobbé-Mévellec’s exquisite animated film, The Swallows of Kabul, captures the poetry of Algerian author Yasmina Khadra’s 2002 novel of the same name.

Khadra’s cherished tale is brought to life through two couples living in the Afghan capital during the nineties, and the impact Taliban rule has on each relationship. Through their individual love stories, unforgettable characters emerge amid the devastating impact of armed combat. On one side sits idealistic Mohsen (Swann Arlaud) and Zunaira (Zita Hanrot) who dream of a better future, and on the other is a disillusioned prison guard, Atiq (Simon Abkarian), and his seriously ill wife, Mussarat (Hiam Abbass).

The very tenderness of the film’s romantic relationships lie in sharp contrast to the violence of lives and loves forever changed by the horrors of war. While The Swallows of Kabul does not seek to soften these blows, it instead draws the audience in, like moths to a flame, thanks to its swathes of gentle watercolour and sensitive insights into tragedies many of us could never comprehend.


"“Breitman’s and Gobbé Mévellec’s adaptation is a beautifully animated journey of harrowing complexity.”"

- Malta Today

Movie Information

Release date

Tuesday 10th March


81 min




Swann Arlaud, Zita Hanrot, Simon Abkarian, Hiam Abbass, Jean-Claude Deret


Zabou Breitman, Eléa Gobbé-Mevellec


Film Festival


French with English subtitles

Participating Cinemas

Palace Balwyn Cinema, Palace James Street, Palace Barracks, Palace Norton St, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Verona, Palace Westgarth, Chauvel Cinema, Palace Electric, Palace Byron Bay, Palace Central Sydney, Kino Cinema, Palace Cinema Paradiso