In the late 1980s, 15-year-old Qodrat lives in the streets of Kabul and sells cinema tickets on the black market. He is a big Bollywood fan and he daydreams himself into some of his favorite movie scenes. One day the police brings him to the Soviet orphanage. But in Kabul the political situation is changing. Qodrat and all the children want to defend their home.
- Qodratollah Qadiri
- Sediqa Rasuli
- Masihullah Feraji
- Hasibullah Rasooli
- Ahmad Fayaz Omani
- Shahrbanoo Sadat
- Virginie Sudej
- Alexandra Strauss
- ADOMEIT FILM
A moving coming-of-age drama set in a difficult time and place.
A beautifully photographed, quietly methodical portrait of 1989 Kabul.
Bollywood-style dream sequences are likely to resonate with audiences.
Amusing and poignant.
As smart as it is bold.
A classic coming of age with a huge and cinephile heart.
A likely new hit from a talented filmmaker.
It balances a clear-eyed re-creation of a teen’s time in an orphanage with a certain nostalgia for childhood innocence, augmented by the imaginative freedom of the Bollywood scenes.
The world knows Afghanistan for the war, but I am actually very interested in details and small things, because they tell a lot about Afghan community.
Shahr is an Afghan, female writer and director, based in Kabul. She studied documentary in Atelier Varan Kabul, a French workshop. Her first short fiction VICE VERSA ONE was selected at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 2011.
In 2013 she opened her production company, Wolf Pictures, in Kabul. WOLF AND SHEEP was developed within Cannes Cinéfondation Residence in 2010; Shahr – who was 20 years old at the time – was the youngest ever selected. The film won the Art Cinema Award at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 2016. Her latest feature film THE ORPHANAGE (2019) had its world premiere at the 51st Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes.