Ireland, Canada , Luxembourg


Based on the best-selling children's novel by Deborah Ellis, THE BREADWINNER tells the story of Parvana, an 11-year-old girl growing up in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is arrested, Parvana dresses as a boy in order to work and provide for her family. Together with her best friend Shauzia, she risks discovery trying to find her father.

Director's Biography

Nora Twomey has been part of Cartoon Saloon since it set up in Kilkenny in 1999.

She directed award-winning short films such as FROM DARKNESS before going on to co-directing the Oscar-nominated THE SECRET OF KELLS with Tomm Moore.

She was creative producer on the Netflix pre-school series PUFFIN ROCK and head of story on the EFA-winning SONG OF THE SEA.

Nora is married with two boys, one cat and (at the time of writing) five fishes.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Nora Twomey

Written by: Anita Doron

Produced by: Anthony Leo, Andrew Rosen, Paul Young, Tomm Moore, Stephan Roelants

Animation: Fabian Erlingauser, Lorraine Lordan, Nicholas Dubray

Nominations and Awards

  • European Animated Feature Film 2018
  • People's Choice Award 2019