08/06/2008 12:13

Persepolis in Animatrix Selection

France, 2007, 95 min
Direction: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi
Cast: Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Danielle Darrieux, Simon Abkarian, Gabrielle Lopes, Francois Jerosme, Arie Elmaleh, Mathias Mlekuz, Jean-Francois Gallotte
Awards: Sutherland Trophy, British Film Institute Awards, 2007, Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival, 2007, Special Jury Prize, Cinemanila International Film Festival, 2007, Cesar, Best First Work, Best Writing – Adaptation, Cesar Awards, Francuska, 2008, LAFCA Award, LAFCA Awards, 2007, Freedom od Expression Award, National Board of Review, SAD, 2007, NYFCC Award, NYFCC Awards, 2007, Audience Award, MovieZone Award, Rotterdam International Film Festival, 2008, Audience Award, Sao Paolo International Film Festival, 2007, Most Popular Film, Vancouver International Film Festival, 2007, Etoile d’Or, Etoiles d’Or, 2008; nominations: 21 in total
Selection: Animatrix

In Animatrix Selection, visitors of the festival have a chance to see a projection of a multiply awarded movie, nominated for Oscar, called Persepolis, made by two directors - Vincent Parronaud and Marjane Satrapi.

The storyline happens in Teheran in 1978, when eight-year-old Marjane starts dreaming how she will change the world. The favorite one of her parents, people with very modern views, Marjane grew up during times of political turmoil– the fall of Shahov’s brutal regime. Under a new government, the country still suffers in bad living conditions, strictly controlled by so-called “the keepers of the revolution” who impose strict cedes of dressing and behaviour. Under the veil, Marjane begins to dream about herself as a future revolutionary. Soon, the city gets bombarded, the living conditions become more and more unbearable, and the rebellion of young Marjane intensively grows, so her parents send her to Vienna to school.

A new life begins in Vienna for the fourteen-year-old girl. She enters a new kind of “revolution”, through personal struggles of adolescent nature, allowed freedom and first love experiences. On the other hand, however, nostalgic loneliness of living abroad is present. A question arises, where the life is going to take young Marjane…

Movie Persepolis was created after the autobiographical novel by Marjane Satrapi from 2000. Although her parents sent her to Vienna in 1984 to avoid the Iranian regime, Marjane returned to Tehran for studies. She is known as an illustrator and children writer. She writes her column in The New York Times magazine. Among numerous nominations, there is the most important one, for an Oscar, apart from ten awards won in significant world festivals.