The Swallows of Kabul | Les Hirondelles de Kaboul (N/C 15+) 

Based on the eponymous novel by Algerian writer Yasmina Khadra and directed by two women, The Swallows of Kabul is a very feminine endeavour in its gentle candour and colourful sensibility, portraying life under Taliban control in the Afghan capital. Violence is neither fetishised nor sanitised. The blood is seen as it soaks the burka, yet the fatal wounds are never graphically depicted. The directors portray a regime that relentlessly and sadistically castigates females and suggests that women are less worthy than men. It’s entirely spoken in French (Khadra’s original novel was also written in French).

Voice Cast Hiam Abbass, Simon Abarian, Swann Arlaud, Zita Henrot

Dir Zabou Breitman, Éléa Gobbé-Mévellec | 2019 | France, Luxembourg, Switzerland | 81 mins | Int sales Celluloid Dreams

Effective animated drama about two couples struggling under the cruelty of Taliban rule. – Screen


FILM SHOWING

London Ciné Lumière                            Sun 10 Nov 16:30 

Glasgow Film Theatre                             Mon 11 Nov 20:30    

 Chichester Cinema at New Park          Thu 14 Nov 17:30

Plymouth Arts Cinema                            Wed 20 Nov 18:00 

Dundee DCA                                              Mon 02 Dec 18:00 

Leicester Phoenix                                    Tue 3 Dec (check website for times)  

Sheffield Showroom Workstation          Tue 3 Dec 18:00 

Nottingham Broadway                          Mon 9 Dec (check website for times)


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