The Orphanage

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    The Orphanage

    Parwareshgah

    Directed by

    Denmark, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Afghanistan, Qatar

    2019

    90 min

    • Hindi
    • Russian
    • Dari
    • Urdu

    Drama

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    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.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Qodratollah Qadiri
    Sediqa Rasuli
    Masihullah Feraji
    Hasibullah Rasooli
    Ahmad Fayaz Omani
    Screenplay
    Shahrbanoo Sadat
    Cinematography
    Virginie Sudej
    Editing
    Alexandra Strauss
    Sales
    LUXBOX
    Production
    ADOMEIT FILM

    Press

    A moving coming-of-age drama set in a difficult time and place.

    Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

    A beautifully photographed, quietly methodical portrait of 1989 Kabul.

    Nicholas Bell, Ioncinema

    Bollywood-style dream sequences are likely to resonate with audiences.

    Sarah Ward, Screendaily

    Amusing and poignant.

    Variety

    As smart as it is bold.

    Sarah Ward, Screendaily

    A classic coming of age with a huge and cinephile heart.

    Micropsia

    A likely new hit from a talented filmmaker.

    Cineuropa

    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.

    Jay Weissberg, Variety

    Shahrbanoo Sadat

    Shahrbanoo Sadat

    Afghanistan

    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.

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