Synopsis: In the summer of 1998, Kabul under Taliban rule. Zunaira and Mohsen are young and in love. Despite the daily violence and misery, they hope for a better future. One day, a foolish gesture causes life to take an irrevocable turn. The film is adapted from the novel of the same name by the Algerian author Yasmina Khadra. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
First-time Co-Director’s Biography: Zabou Breitman studied cinema, modern Greek and English for her bachelor’s degree. She was an Animator in the 1980s and made her film début in 1982. In 2001, she directed her first feature film, “Beautiful Memories”, which was awarded three César’s, including for Best First Feature film.
First-time Co-Director’s Biography: In addition to her work as a graphic designer on television sets and advertising for luxury brands, Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec also worked as an animator on short films. She was nominated at the 2015 César Awards for the best animated film. She continued her career as a character animator for feature films. In 2016, she collaborated as a cartoonist on the animated series “Lastman”. “The Swallows of Kabul” is her debut directorial feature film.