Animated film screening as part of the AFI Film Festival
France, 2007, 95 min, 35 MM
In French / English with English subtitles
DIR: Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Parranoud
Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical graphic novels detail her childhood in Tehran from the overthrow of the Shah through the years of Ayatollah Khomeini's Islamic fundamentalist regime and the Iran-Iraq war.
This gripping personal journey from childhood through adolescence, sexual awakening to an unhappy marriage, has been transformed by Satrapi and co-writer-director Vincent Parronaud into a series of animated comic-book images that provide a strangely magical viewing experience, and create an emotional terrain that's both poignant and humorous. Satrapi is encouraged by her loving parents to flee Tehran for Vienna, but life there is bittersweet. Homesickness propels her to don a veil and return home. As she sits in an airport watching planes arrive and depart, we see that she will always be in a state of exile.
Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni and Danielle Darrieux provide the impressive emotional voices in a film that mixes personal reminiscence and political history in a way unlike anything you've seen before.
This screening is part of the American Film Institute (AFI) Film Festival 2007. For details on the festival and tickets visit www.afi.com
Sponsor(s): American Film Institute (AFI) Film Festival 2007
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