The Breadwinner wins animation film award
A Luxembourgish co-production has been named best independent animation film at this year's Annie Awards – the "Oscars of animation".
The Breadwinner, co-produced by Melusine Productions at Studio 352 in Contern in Luxembourg, was directed by Nora Twomey and Angelina Jolie was among the producers.
The film, which tells the story of a young Afghan girl who disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family under the shadow of the Taliban regime, received the award during the 45th Annual Annie in Los Angeles on Saturday evening.
It scooped the award after being nominated alongside In This Corner of the World, Loving Vincent, Napping Princess and The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales.
The Breadwinner has also been nominated for best animated feature film at this year's Oscars, taking place on March 4.
This is the third Oscar nomination for Melusine Productions, following Ernest & Celestine and Song of the Sea.
Another Luxembourgish co-production, Noces, by Stephan Streker, was awarded a 'Margritte' in two categories at the Académie André Delvaux in Brussels on Saturday evening.
Noces, co-produced by Tarantula Luxembourg along with producers from Belgium, France and Pakistan, won two prizes. Aurora Marion was awarded best supporting role and the work of Luxembourg's Sophie Van Den Keybus won best costumes.
The film, about a young girl forced to get married by her parents, is also nominated for a César Award, held on March 2.
The Breadwinner will be screened in Luxembourg at the opening of the Luxembourg City Film Festival on February 22.