Events Film & Television: Cannes film festival Catherine Deneuve Marjane Satrapi Persepolis screenings
by Amy Malek
Don’t you hate it when film reviewers employ stale cliches about films, like,”You’ll laugh; you’ll cry…”? I do, too. Yet here I am, only having watched the trailer and “Making of Persepolis” (available on the film’s beautiful website), and I know for a fact that when I finally see Persepolis on November 10th, I will laugh (“Eye of the Tiger” never sounded better), and oh, how I will cry (“Here, I’ve made you another swan…”)…!Along with co-writer-director Vincent Parranaud, Marjane Satrapi and an army of artists have literally animated the pages of her overwhelmingly successful graphic novels, Persepolis; each image has been hand-drawn, traced in black felt tip, and filmed to create the final, highly-anticipated product. The result evokes what I believe is the raison d’etre of film adaptations (animated or otherwise) yet is so rarely achieved: an exhilarating visual experience that not only stands equal to the experience of the original page, but deeply intensifies it through the spectacle of the moving image.
Released in France in late June 2007, the film adaptation of Persepolis seems to have succeeded in this endeavor, having taken home the Jury Prize at Cannes, and already selected to represent France at the 2008 Oscars. After what feels like an eternity of anticipation, Persepolis has finally also been screened at various film festivals in North America (Toronto, Telluride, NYC, Austin, L.A.), and is set for limited release in the U.S. in December 2007.
For those of you Angelenos/as like myself who just can’t wait, your next opportunity to see the original French release is at the American Film Institute’s 2007 AFI FEST , which will screen Persepolis on November 10th, following a tribute to Catherine Deneuve, the renowned French actress who lends her voice to the film. (The English version will be a dub featuring Sean Penn, Iggy Pop, and Gena Rowlands, to name a few…I’d suggest going for the French original!) Here are the details:
Books & Literature: Chicken with Plums Marjane Satrapi
by Pars Arts
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What do you get the guy or girl that has Iranian illustrator/graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi’s first three autobiographical graphic novels? Why, the fourth one, of course. Chicken with Plums tells the tragic tale of Nasser Ali Khan, Satrapi’s great-uncle who died of a broken heart over his broken tar and an old lost love. It’s a quick read that I finished in one sitting at a cozy bookstore, but I wouldn’t mind adding it to the Satrapi collection on my shelf. She’s also a fantastic speaker (I saw her at UCLA last year or so) and her first book is being made into a full-length animated feature. You can buy the latest book at this online Iranian book store. And if you’re interested in cooking authentic chicken with plums, aka khoreshteh aloo, check out this recipe.