Wolf and Sheep

This debut feature by a groundbreaking Afghan woman director, a Cannes Director’s 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


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Shahrbanoo Sadat

Denmark, France, Sweden, Afghanistan

86 mins

Hazaragi with English subtitles

Australian Premiere



Shahrbanoo Sadat

Katja Adomeit, Xavier Rocher, Marina Perales Marhuenda, Shahrbanoo Sadat, Madeleine Ekman, Simon Perry

Sediqa Rasuli, Qodratollah Qadiri, Amina Musavi

World Sales: Alpha Violet