12 MARCH - 8 APRIL 2020


You are invited to an Evening with director and actor Zabou Breitman and a special screening of Swallows of Kabul (Les Hirondelles De Kaboul) – a thought-provoking animated film which tackles life in Kabul under Taliban rule.

Zabou Brietman, co-director of The Swallows of Kabul

With the kind support of the French Embassy in New Zealand, you will be able to meet the co-director of the film Zabou Breitman. Zabou will introduce her film, and then being available after the screening to answer questions.

Zabou is a leading figure of French film and theatre. At the age of four, she appeared in her first movie and since 1981, has acted in dozens of roles in films, TV movies, and theatre productions. She made her directorial debut in 2001 with Se souvenir des belles choses, for which she won a César Award for Best Debut.

Based on Yasmina Khadra’s 2002 novel of the same name, Zabou worked with her co-director Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec, to bring this bittersweet tale of Taliban oppression and artistic resistance to life. Their innovative approach to animation, which involved shooting the whole script with actors in costume before painting the watercolour animation onto the film. This approach allowed the directors to create a level of intimacy often lacking in animated films, through including the actors’ rhythms and improvisations into the final cut.

When and where

Auckland (Opening Night), Thursday 19 March, Monterey Takapuna

Join us at Monterey Cinemas Takapuna for an opening night reception (at 6:30pm for the opening night gala with the screening of Swallows of Kabul beginning at 7:30pm. In addition to film admission, your ticket also includes an invitation to the opening night reception, glass of wine and cheese provided by our generous sponsors Maison Vauron and La Fromagerie respectively, and a goodie bag full of surprises! Further you will have an opportunity to discuss her film with Zabou after the screening.

Opening night gala begins at 6.30pm, film starts from 7.30pm. Monterey Cinemas Takapuna. $30 general admission ($25 Alliance Française members). Tickets at www.montereytakapuna.co.nz

Wellington, Friday 20th March, Penthouse Cinema

Come see Swallows of Kabul and enjoy a glass of wine (included in your ticket price) and afterwards listen to Zabou give a behind the scenes account of her work and participate in a Q+A session with the director. 

Fri 20 Mar, 8:15pm, $22 (includes movie ticket, a glass of wine on entry and Q+A session with Zabou Breitman). Tickets can be bought directly from the Penthouse Cinema’s website www.penthousecinema.co.nz

Christchurch, Saturday 21 March, Christchurch Arts Gallery

Come see Swallows of Kabul and afterwards listen to Zabou give a behind
the scenes account of her work and participate in a Q+A session with the
director. $22 (includes movie ticket, a glass of wine or other beverage on entry and Q+A session with Zabou Breitman).

Sat 21 Mar, 7:00pm, Christchurch Arts Gallery, Montreal Street, Christchurch Central City.
Tickets can be bought directly from Lumiere Cinema’s website here


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12 March 2020
Opening Night Wellington

13 March 2020
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19 March 2020
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