The Orphanage

Director: Shahrbanoo Sadat
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The film deals with how teens and young adults cope with the turbulent situations around them and how they find escape through fantasies and daydreaming.
It got selected in the Directors’ Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival.
It screened at over 70 international film festivals.
The Orphanage Poster
2019/ Denmark - Germany - France - Luxembourg - Afghanistan - Qatar90 min/ Drama, Musical
Original Title
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 bring 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
Screenwriter: Shahrbanoo Sadat (ٍScreenplay inspired by Anwar Hashimi's unpublished diary)
DOP: Virginie Surdej
Editor: Alexandra Strauss
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Production Company(ies)
Adomeit Film ApS
La Fabrica Nocturna
Samsa Film
Wolf Pictures
Katja Adomeit
Marina Perales Marhuenda
Xavier Rocher
Jani Thiltges
Shahrbanoo Sadat
film festivals
Cannes Film Festival, France
Reykjavik International Film Festival, Iceland
Sakhalin International Film Festival, Russia
Odessa International Film Festival (OIFF), Ukraine
FILMFEST MÜNCHEN - Munich International Film Festival, Germany
Chicago International Film Festival, USA
Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Australia
Brussels International Film Festival, Belgium
INDIEBO-Festival De Cine Independiente de Bogotá, Colombia
New Zealand International Film Festival, New Zealand
Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), Australia
Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Norwegian International Film Festival Haugesund, Norway
Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF), Canada
AIFF - Athens International Film Festival, Greece
BFI London Film Festival, UK
Busan International Film Festival, South Korea
Film Festival Cologne, Germany
Arab Film Festival Tübingen, Germany
Filmekimi, Turkey
SCHLINGEL International Film Festival, Germany
Waterloo Historical Film Festival, Belgium
Riga International Film Festival - Riga IFF, Latvia
São Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil
TOFIFEST International Film Festival, Poland
Virginia Film Festival, USA
Hong Kong Asian Film Festival (HKAFF), Hong Kong
Nordic Film Days Lübeck, Germany
South Asian Film Festival of Montréal (SAFFMontréal), Canada
European Union Film Festival (EUFF), China
Asian World Film Festival (AWFF), USA
HIFF - Hawai'i International Film Festival, USA
San Diego Asian Film Festival, USA
CINEDAYS, Macedonia
St. Louis International Film Festival, USA
3rd i's San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival, USA
Cork International Film Festival, Ireland
CINECITY – The Brighton Film Festival, UK
Brasília International Film Festival - BIFF, Brazil
Arava International Film Festival, Palestine
Exground Filmfest, Germany
Around the World in 14 Films, Germany
AFI European Union Film Showcase, USA
Anchorage International Film Festival (AIFF), USA
Persian Film Festival, Australia
Palm Springs International Film Festival, USA
Pune International Film Festival, India
International Film Festival Rotterdam - IFFR, Netherlands
Göteborg Film Festival, Sweden
IFEMA – International Female Film Festival Malmö, Sweden
Toronto International Film Festival, Canada
Stockholm Feminist Film Festival, Sweden
Spokane International Film Festival (SpIFF), USA
BUFF International Film Festival, Sweden
Miami Film Festival, USA
Portland International Film Festival (PIFF), USA
Bergamo Film Meeting, Italy
Chicago European Union Film Festival, USA
Masculinities - Barbican, UK
New Directors/New Films, USA
Yakutsk International Film Festival, Russia
Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF), USA
Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF), USA
Festival Cinéma du Monde de Sherbrooke (FCMS), Canada
Uruguay International Film Festival, Uruguay
Festival Cine Por Mujeres, Spain
IFFG Internationaal Film Festival Gorinchem, Netherlands
Festival of Tolerance – JFF Zagreb, Croatia
Crossing Europe Film Festival, Austria
Newport Beach Film Festival, USA
International Film Festival of South Asia (IFFSA), Canada
Lighthouse International Film Festival, USA
Palestine Cinema Days, Palestine
film awards
Best Film at the Reykjavik International Film Festival, Iceland
"What sets “The Orphanage” apart are the moments when Qodrat’s imagination makes Bollywood-esque musical numbers out of his fantasies." Jay Weissburg - Variety

“There is such energy and vigour and openness in this movie” Peter Bradshaw - The Guardian