Berlinale

THE ORPHANAGE (PARWARESHGAH)

Synopsis (momentan nur in Englisch verfügbar)
THE ORPHANAGE is about an orphanage, its pupils and their everyday life. It is set in Kabul, Afghanistan, in the late 80s.
Qodrat (14) illegally sells cinema tickets for Bollywood movies on the black market, when the police catch him and bring him to the orphanage. Qodrat dreams himself away to situations right out of an Indian Bollywood movie until he becomes part of a group of friends. When the civil war starts, Qodrat escapes to Pakistan.


Director’s note
The film happens in a time when Afghanistan was not an Islamic country. No one has made a fiction film about that time until now. Talking about civil war is taboo in Afghanistan. Mujahedeen are a big part of the current Afghan government. What I want to achieve with THE ORPHANAGE is to break this taboo and talk about that time without judging. I want to connect with all the ethnicities and make a real conversation about that time and about the ethnic civil war.


World premiere
Cannes International Film Festival 2019, Quinzaine des Réalisateurs


Key festivals and awards
Cannes International Film Festival 2019, Filmfest München 2019, Odesa International Film Festival 2019, BFI London International Film Festival 2019, Busan International Film Festival 2019, Rotterdam International Film Festival 2020

AFGHANISTAN, 2019
Director: Shahrbanoo Sadat
Producers: Adomeit Berlin (Germany), La Fabrica Nocturna (France), Adomeit Film (Denmark)
German WCF partner: Adomeit Berlin
World sales: Luxbox (France)

Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in July 2017
Funding amount: 60.000 €