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Persepolis (2007)

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Animation, Biography, Drama |

Persepolis is a 2007 animated biographical drama film based upon the Marjane Satrapi autobiographical graphic novel of the same name. It was written and directed by Satrapi in collaboration with Vincent Paronnaud. The story follows a young girl as she comes of age against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution. The title references the historical city of Persepolis.

The film was an international co-production made by companies in France and Iran. It premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, where it co-won the Jury Prize, alongside Silent Light. In her acceptance speech, Satrapi said “Although this film is universal, I wish to dedicate the prize to all Iranians.” It was released in France and Belgium on 27 June 2007, earning universal praise by critics. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, but lost to Ratatouille.

At an airport in France, an Iranian woman, Marjane ‘Marji’ Satrapi, looks at the flight schedule; her eyes come to rest on a listing bound for Tehran. She then takes a seat, smokes a cigarette, and reflects on her childhood.

As a young girl, Marji lived in Tehran, wanted to be a prophet, and was a big fan of Bruce Lee. When the 1979 Iranian revolution against the Shah of Iran begins, her middle-class family is thrilled and participates in the rallies, though Marji herself is forbidden from attending. One day, Siamak Jari, a friend of the family and the father of Marji’s friend Lali, is released from prison. They all listen as he recounts the horrors of prison, and Marji grows jealous of Lali having a real ‘hero’ in her family.

Directors: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi

Writers: Marjane Satrapi (comic), Vincent Paronnaud (scenario)

Stars: Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Gena Rowlands, Danielle Darrieux, Simon Abkarian, Gabrielle Lopes Benites

Cast:

Chiara MastroianniMarjane (voice)
Danielle DarrieuxGrandma (voice)
Catherine DeneuveMom (voice)
Simon AbkarianDad (voice)
Gabrielle Lopes BenitesMarji (voice)
Franรงois JerosmeAnoush (voice)
Tilly MandelbrotLali (voice)
Sophie ArthuysWalla (voice)
Ariรฉ ElmalehWalla (voice)
Mathias MlekuzWalla (voice)
Lexie KendrickFriend / Gossip / Teacher (2008) (voice)
Sean PennMr. Satrapi – Marjane’s Father (voice)
Gena RowlandsMarjane’s grandmother (voice)
Adriana AndersonEnforcer / Nun / Teacher (voice) (uncredited)
Paul BandeyBrit / Customs (2008) (voice) (uncredited)
Robert BarrAnchor / God (2008) (voice) (uncredited)
Robert William BradfordGuardian / Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi (2008) (voice) (uncredited)
Stephen CroceCabbie / Director / Great Uncle / Marx / Motorist / PA / Taher / Vendor (2008) (voice) (uncredited)
Bill DunnBeans / Guardian / Speaker / Teacher / Welcome (2008) (voice) (uncredited)
Christine FlowersGreat Aunt / Shopper / Teacher (2008) (voice) (uncredited)
David GasmanDoctor / Guardian / Interrogator / Sentry / Siamak (2008) (voice) (uncredited)
Matthew GรฉczyMarkus / Momo / Sentry (2008) (voice) (uncredited)
Mirabelle KirklandGossip / Welcome / Wife (2008) (voice) (uncredited)
Chris MackRevolutionary / Reza / Sentry (2008) (voice) (uncredited)
Iggy PopAnoush (2008) (voice) (uncredited)
Nathan RippyFlirt / Shopper / Thierry (2008) (voice) (uncredited)
Marjane SatrapiActress / Gossip / Schloss (2008) (voice) (uncredited)
Barbara ScaffEnforcer / Laly / Megaphone / Nassrine / Welcome (2008) (voice) (uncredited)
Allan WengerFereydoun / Fernando / Khosrow / Reza Shah / Shrink / Welcome (2008) (voice) (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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