Animated Film Adaptation of Deborah Ellis’s The Breadwinner to Debut at TIFF

The Breadwinner

Groundwood Books has announced that the full-length animated adaptation of The Breadwinner will be making its world premiere this September at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film is based on Deborah Ellis’s internationally bestselling novel of the same name.

“As we have watched Deborah Ellis’s classic novel being adapted for film, we have been completely impressed at every stage with the artistry and care that has been demonstrated by everyone involved. I think this film is one that a wide audience will enjoy and will be moved by—adults as much as children, and current fans of The Breadwinner series as well as those who are not familiar yet with Deborah’s books,” said Sheila Barry, publisher at Groundwood Books.

The Breadwinner tells the story of eleven-year-old Parvana, who lives in Kabul. Forbidden to earn money as a girl, Parvana must disguise herself as a boy and become the breadwinner for her family. First published in 2000, The Breadwinner is the first book in the four-part award-winning Breadwinner series about loyalty, survival, family and friendship under extraordinary circumstances during the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan. The series has sold over two million copies worldwide and has been published in twenty-five languages. A movie tie-in edition of The Breadwinner will be available in stores August 2017, as well as a graphic-novel adaptation in January 2018.

“We’re thrilled to have The Breadwinner premiere at TIFF—to be able to share it with Deborah and the Canadian fans of the book first will be a genuinely uplifting moment for us,” said Andrew Rosen, producer with Aircraft Pictures.

The Breadwinner film is directed by Nora Twomey of Cartoon Saloon. It is produced by Aircraft Pictures, Cartoon Saloon and Melusine Productions, with producers Tomm Moore and Paul Young of Cartoon Saloon, Anthony Leo and Andrew Rosen of Aircraft Pictures, and Stephan Roelants of Melusine Productions. The film is executive produced by Jolie Pas Productions.

Click here to read the announcement from TIFF.