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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.
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2019/ Denmark - Germany - France - Luxembourg - Afghanistan - Qatar90 min/ Drama, Musical
Original Title
Parwareshgah
SYNOPSIS
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.
CAST
Qodratollah Qadiri
Sediqa Rasuli
Masihullah Feraji
Hasibullah Rasooli
CREW
Screenwriter: Shahrbanoo Sadat (ٍScreenplay inspired by Anwar Hashimi's unpublished diary)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
Producer(s)
Katja Adomeit
Marina Perales Marhuenda
Xavier Rocher
Jani Thiltges
Shahrbanoo Sadat
film festivals
film festivals Cannes Film Festival, France
film festivals Reykjavik International Film Festival, Iceland
film festivals Sakhalin International Film Festival, Russia
film festivals Odessa International Film Festival (OIFF), Ukraine
film festivals FILMFEST MÜNCHEN - Munich International Film Festival, Germany
film festivals Chicago International Film Festival, USA
film festivals Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Australia
film festivals Brussels International Film Festival, Belgium
film festivals INDIEBO-Festival De Cine Independiente de Bogotá, Colombia
film festivals New Zealand International Film Festival, New Zealand
film festivals Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), Australia
film festivals Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina
film festivals Norwegian International Film Festival Haugesund, Norway
film festivals INDIE FESTIVAL, Brazil
film festivals Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF), Canada
film festivals AIFF - Athens International Film Festival, Greece
film festivals BFI London Film Festival, UK
film festivals Busan International Film Festival, South Korea
film festivals Film Festival Cologne, Germany
film festivals Arab Film Festival Tübingen, Germany
film festivals Filmekimi, Turkey
film festivals SCHLINGEL International Film Festival, Germany
film festivals Waterloo Historical Film Festival, Belgium
film festivals Riga International Film Festival - Riga IFF, Latvia
film festivals São Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil
film festivals TOFIFEST International Film Festival, Poland
film festivals Virginia Film Festival, USA
film festivals Hong Kong Asian Film Festival (HKAFF), Hong Kong
film festivals Nordic Film Days Lübeck, Germany
film festivals South Asian Film Festival of Montréal (SAFFMontréal), Canada
film festivals European Union Film Festival (EUFF), China
film festivals Asian World Film Festival (AWFF), USA
film festivals HIFF - Hawai'i International Film Festival, USA
film festivals San Diego Asian Film Festival, USA
film festivals CINEDAYS, Macedonia
film festivals St. Louis International Film Festival, USA
film festivals 3rd i's San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival, USA
film festivals AFI FEST, USA
film festivals Cork International Film Festival, Ireland
film festivals CINECITY – The Brighton Film Festival, UK
film festivals Brasília International Film Festival - BIFF, Brazil
film festivals Arava International Film Festival, Palestine
film festivals Exground Filmfest, Germany
film festivals Around the World in 14 Films, Germany
film festivals AFI European Union Film Showcase, USA
film festivals Anchorage International Film Festival (AIFF), USA
film festivals Persian Film Festival, Australia
film festivals Palm Springs International Film Festival, USA
film festivals Pune International Film Festival, India
film festivals International Film Festival Rotterdam - IFFR, Netherlands
film festivals Göteborg Film Festival, Sweden
film festivals IFEMA – International Female Film Festival Malmö, Sweden
film festivals Toronto International Film Festival, Canada
film festivals Stockholm Feminist Film Festival, Sweden
film festivals Spokane International Film Festival (SpIFF), USA
film festivals BUFF International Film Festival, Sweden
film festivals Miami Film Festival, USA
film festivals Portland International Film Festival (PIFF), USA
film festivals Bergamo Film Meeting, Italy
film festivals Chicago European Union Film Festival, USA
film festivals Masculinities - Barbican, UK
film festivals New Directors/New Films, USA
film festivals Yakutsk International Film Festival, Russia
film festivals Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF), USA
film festivals Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF), USA
film festivals Festival Cinéma du Monde de Sherbrooke (FCMS), Canada
film festivals Uruguay International Film Festival, Uruguay
film festivals Festival Cine Por Mujeres, Spain
film festivals IFFG Internationaal Film Festival Gorinchem, Netherlands
film festivals Festival of Tolerance – JFF Zagreb, Croatia
film festivals Crossing Europe Film Festival, Austria
film festivals Newport Beach Film Festival, USA
film festivals International Film Festival of South Asia (IFFSA), Canada
film festivals Lighthouse International Film Festival, USA
film awards
film awards Best Film at the Reykjavik International Film Festival, Iceland
Quotes
"What sets “The Orphanage” apart are the moments when Qodrat’s imagination makes Bollywood-esque musical numbers out of his fantasies." Jay Weissburg - Variety