Screen can exclusively reveal the first English-language subtitled trailer for Zabou Breitman and Eléa Gobbé Mévellec’s feature-length animation of The Swallows Of Kabul ahead of its premiere in Un Certain Regard at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

The work is adapted from Algerian writer Yasmina Khadra’s tragic tale capturing life in Kabul in 1998, at the height of the conservative Taliban rule.

The emotional tale revolves around two couples whose lives become intertwined: one young and liberal, whose lives are at risk under the strictures of Taliban rule, the other older and more conservative.

The production, which took five years to bring to fruition, is lead produced by Les Armateurs, the Paris-based animation house behind Academy Award-winning Belleville Rendez-Vous (2003) and Ernest & Celestine (2012), which also premiered in Cannes.

Hengameh Panahi’s Paris-based Celluloid Dreams, who has been supportive of the production from its early stages, handles international sale.

The production heads to Annecy Film Festival in June after it Cannes premiere.