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52nd edition

The Orphanage (Parwareshgah)

Fortnight 2019, Feature film, 1h30
World premiere


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 brings him to the Soviet orphanage. But in Kabul the political situation is changing. Qodrat and all the children want to defend their home.


Shahrbanoo Sadat

Shahr Sadat is an Afghan, female writer and director, based in Kabul. She studied at Atelier Varan in Kabul. Her first feature film Wolf and Sheep was developed with the Cannes Cinéfondation Residence in 2010, Shahr - 20 years old at the time - the youngest ever selected. The film won the main award at Director’s Fortnight 2016. Her second feature film The Orphanage is also the second part of a pentalogy, five films based on an unpublished autobiography.

Hasibullah Rasooli
Masihullah Feraji
Qodratollah Qadiri
Sediqa Rasuli

Shahrbanoo Sadat

Virginie Surdej

Sigrid DPA Jensen, Anne Gry Friis Kristensen

Alexandra Strauss

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Release date : 27 November 2019

Cannes projection

May 18
Théâtre Croisette

May 19
Cinéma Les Arcades / Salle 1

Studio 13

Press release

While the expressive fantasy sequences hit their marks, the film’s observational style suits the bulk of its story /// Screen Daily

la renaissance du cinéma afghan /// L’Humanité