The Orphanage

  • Shahrbanoo Sadat
  • Denmark, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Afghanistan, Qatar
  • 2019
  • 90'
  • Parwareshgah

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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. As a true Bollywood fan, Qodrat often daydreams himself into some of his favourite movie scenes. But police abruptly interrupt his street life and take him to a Soviet orphanage. However, the political situation in Kabul is changing, and Qodrat and the other children want to defend their country from aggressors. The Orphanage is a playful and striking story about growing up told through a combination of Bollywood fantasy, folklore and at times painful realism. The film premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight program in Cannes 2019.

Subtitles: HR/EN

Shahrbanoo Sadat

She studied at Atelier Varan in Kabul. Her first feature film Wolf and Sheep (2016) won the main award at Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes. Her second feature film, The Orphanage is the second part of a pentalogy, five films based on an unpublished autobiography. It has also premiered at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.

The Orphanage

Shahrbanoo Sadat
Shahrbanoo Sadat
Qodratollah Qadiri, Sediqa Rasuli, Masihullah Feraji, Hasibullah Rasooli, Ahmad Fayaz Omani
Virginie Sudej
Alexandra Strauss
Katja Adomeit
Adomeit Film, Adomeit Germany, La Fabrica Nocturna, Samsa Film, Wolf Pictures
Festivals & Awards
Cannes Film Festival 2019 – Directors’ Fortnight; BFI London Film Festival 2019; Chicago Int'l Film Festival 2019; Reykjavik Int'l Film Festival 2019 – Golden Puffin; Int'l Film Festival Rotterdam 2020

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