Official website of Persepolis film ©Sony Pictures Classics
It was announced officially during
the last Cannes Film Festival. Sony Pictures was to produce Marjane Satrapi's
bestseller comic book
Exorcism's of childhood fears and doubts in Marjane Satrapi's
& pictory Human Rights © Iranian.com
The language barriers or culture clash take an often comical turn in that they are only human and probably so obvious that one tends to forget the more deeper social, political or historical reason's that could explain them. Maybe Satrapi's genius resides in this simple fact that her hero's statements are expressed from a child or teenager's point of view. They are also very visually simple like black and white photography's that need no particular sophistication but which confront them to the harsh realities that an entire generation of Iranians can alas still relate too .
Excerpt from Satrapi's blog:
A couple of days ago, for the first
time we screened
The goal was to show to the totality of the staff what movie exactly they are working on. All of them knew of course about the story, but it's a huge difference between knowing a story and seeing how it will be narrated and showed.
Each step of the movie was present. Some part is only animatic (story board), some animated without being assisted, some others animated and assisted, some colored, and 45 minutes of animated, assisted, colored and composed movie. So each group could see the importance of the work they are doing. Vincent and I, we were so thrilled. It works! We will never be ashamed of our movie!!
The last scene before the end, my heart started beating so badly (thanks god everybody applauded!) thinking about the first time the movie is REALLY going to be screened. I will maybe make a heart attack, I will faint... Or at least I would need a diaper.
French and US Voice Overs : French Star Catherine Deneuve (conferring
Palme d'Or to Abbas Kiarostami in 1997) and US Star Gena Rowlands
(John Cassavetes' widow) will be casting the voice for Satrapi's grandma
in Persepolis Animated film. ©Sony Pictures Classics
Marjane Satrapi's film is due for competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007 and according to Variety Magazine it will be casting Hollywood Actress Gena Rowlands as Satrapi's mother in the US Release of the film. The French cast is however well known and will include Catherine Deneuve ( Satrapi mother), Simon Abkarian ( Satrapi Father) daughter Chiara Mastroiani ( Marjane Satrapi) and Danielle Darrieux (Satrapi Grandma).
Marjane Satrapi: A Generation's Icon at
book signing in
Official Movie Website for
Marjane Satrapi's Blog : http://www.marjane-satrapi.com/news/3.shtml
About the Author: Darius KADIVAR is a Freelance Journalist, Film Historian, and Media Consultant
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