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FALL 2008
October 7


Persepolis still  photosFrance 2007, 95 min, animated drama
Directors: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi

A fascinating and wholly unexpected take on Iran’s Islamic revolution in the 1970s, Persepolis is an animated feature based on an autobiographical comic book by Marjane Satrapi. The story concerns Marji (voiced as a teenager and woman by Chiara Mastroianni), whose natural fire and precociousness are slowly dampened by the rise of religious extremists. Persepolis is graphically engaging with its black-and-white, bold lines and feeling of repressed energy, fit to burst. The emotional content is so strong that after a while, one almost forgets the film is a cartoon.
"Often hilarious, sometimes tragic, this may be low-tech, but it’s high-class." -  Empire Magazine


»  Sony Pictures website.
»  "Marjane Satrapi Returns", an interview from Powell's Books .
»  Listen to an interview with Marjane from NPR.
»  Peter Bradshaw review in The Guardian.



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