This debut feature by a groundbreaking Afghan woman director, a Cannes Directors' Fortnight-winner, is an extraordinarily daring and rare view of Afghan rural life and mythology.
Winner of the top prize at Cannes Director's Fortnight 2016, Wolf and Sheep is set in rural Afghanistan, where simple village life is enlivened with stories of mystery and imagination. Our view into this timeless community is through its children, who mimic the adults in their gossiping and lewd language. Boys and girls don't mix but, defying the rules, outsiders Qodrat and Sediqa develop a beautiful friendship. Using a cast of non-actors, Sadat has created a unique view of Afghanistan replete with all the mundanities and difficulties of life, but also with myth and magic: tales are told of a wolf who walks on two legs, discarding its skin to emerge as a beautiful green fairy.
Cannes 2016 – Director's Fortnight – Art Cinema Award
Set in the remote mountains of the country's parched rural center, Wolf and Sheep is an absorbing ethnographic docudrama hybrid, marbled with a curious vein of phantasmagoric storytelling. – David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
Mixes naturalistic, ethnographic images with a thread of folkloric magical realism. – Alissa Simon, Variety
Festival guest: Shahrbanoo Sadat
SHAHRBANOO SADAT is a young Afghan scriptwriter and director. She is based in Kabul. Her first short fiction Vice Versa One was selected at Directors' Fortnight in 2011. In 2013, she launched her production company Wolf Pictures in Kabul. Wolf and Sheep was developed with the Cannes Cinéfondation Residency in 2010. Sadat was 20 years old at the time – the youngest ever selected.