June 13, 2016

GKIDS to Executive Produce Cartoon Saloon’s “The Breadwinner” with Angelina Jolie

GKIDS, the acclaimed distributor of animation for both adult and family audiences, announced that CEO/Founder Eric Beckman and SVP of Distribution David Jesteadt will executive produce, along with Angelina Jolie Pitt and others, THE BREADWINNER, the latest feature from the two-time Academy Award ® nominated animation studio, Cartoon Saloon. GKIDS had its first Oscar ® nomination with Cartoon Saloon’s The Secret of Kells, co-directed by THE BREADWINNER director Nora Twomey. Cartoon’s Saloon’s Song of the Sea and The Secret of Kells were also an Oscar ® nominee for GKIDS.

Since it was founded in 2008, GKIDS has had a major impact on the US animation landscape by discovering and distributing a slate of prestige, critically acclaimed, independent feature animation from around the world, and garnering an unprecedented eight Oscar® nominations for Best Animated Feature. THE BREADWINNER marks the first time the studio is serving in a producing and financing capacity, in addition to distribution. GKIDS has slated a fall 2017 theatrical release in North America.

Based on the award-winning, best-selling young adult novel by Deborah Ellis, THE BREADWINNER is directed by Cartoon Saloon’s Nora Twomey, who co-directed The Secret of Kells alongside Tomm Moore. The film is about Parvana, a young girl living under the Taliban regime, who cuts her hair and disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family after her father is imprisoned. A powerful and riveting story of self-empowerment and imagination in the face of oppression, THE BREADWINNER boasts the breathtaking hand-drawn animation that has made Cartoon Saloon one of the world’s most well-loved and respected animation studios.

Want to see more Cartoon Saloon films? You can get Song of the Sea and Secret of Kells TODAY at our store!

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