In the run up to the international Human Rights Day on December 10th, the Embassy organized a screening of "Les Hirondelles de Kaboul" in partnership with the Alliance Française in Bangkok.
A critically acclaimed 2019 film directed by Zabou Breitman and Éléa Gobé Mévellec, the animation captures the poetry of Algerian author Yasmina Khadra's 2002 novel of the same name. Co-produced in Luxembourg, the graphically rich film portrays the stories of two couples living under Taliban rule in Kabul in the nineties and the ways their fates become intertwined by a dangerous act of humanity.
The animated films sector has in fact grown rapidly in Luxembourg. Today, there are half a dozen animation studios active in the Grand Duchy. They either develop their own productions or co-productions or hire out their services to foreign productions. Support mechanisms and incentives for audiovisual production have worked well, thereby helping to establish a genuine industrial platform at a very high level.
The fact that Luxembourgish co-productions 'Song of the Sea' (Mélusine Productions) or 'Mr Hublot' (Zeilt Productions) were nominated for Academy Awards, with the latter winning Luxembourg's first Oscar in 2014, illustrates the distance the animation sector has covered in the country in just a few years' time. In fact, the TIME magazine recently selected their 10 best movies of the year - among which two Luxembourgish co-productions, including the animated feature film "Wolfwalkers".