International Report by Darius KADIVAR
Stars of the American Release of
Sean Penn and Iggy Pop have signed on as voice
talent for the English-language version of Sony Picture Classics' toon
The lead character of Satrapi in the French version was Chiara Mastroianni, Deneuve's daughter, but unless further notice Kirsten Dunst star of Sophia Coppola's drama's ( Marie Antoinette, Virgin Suicides )will be doing the voice over for the English version.
Penn will play Satrapi's long-suffering father while Pop will voice the role of the young girl's rebellious and politically active uncle.
You don't Change a Mother do you? Deneuve
On Adore Šimdb.com
Work on the English-version dub will begin this summer. The Picture will be released Stateside in the fall and producers are trying to ready an English-language version in time for its preem at the Toronto Film Festival in September.
"I think it's very good that these two actors have accepted. It will give the film another boost," said Hengameh Panahi, Dreamachine co-topper, the new international sales company combining Panahi's Celluloid Dreams and Jeremy Thomas' Hanway Films.
Celluloid Dreams handled
international sales of the pic, which was produced by Marc-Antoine Robert and
Xavier Rigault of 2.4.7. Films; Kathleen Kennedy exec-produced,
in co-production with France 3 Cinema, and brought Sony Pictures Classics on
board to handle the
The Picture has been a smash in
Sophia Coppola's recurrent Star, Kirsten Dunst is Optioned for the
Role of Satrapi in her Persian Odyssey through
Šimdb.com & Iranian.com
Iranian government officials slammed
The Bangkok Intl. Film Festival
dropped the pic as its opener following a request from the Iranian embassy in
THE FATHER: Sean Penn will dub Satrapi's father. Penn visited
He was to greet Iranian Dissident Akbar Ganji in
Marjan Satrapi's self derision,
ironic humor and at times harsh outlook on life both in the West and in
Gena Rowlands is the widow of John Cassavetes (whose
in the Dirty Dozen before becoming the great Independent
director / actor of his own films.) She often played in her
husbands movies. She is the mother of Nick Cassavetes.
It should be
noted that the French animation was created only after recording the voices of
the actors and cast. It allowed more freedom and invention for the initial
French cast unlike the English version which will only be dubbed for this
purpose. The same could be said for any other language version. It may be a
detail but it does have its importance in that the initial cast truly imposed
their personal style and personalities to their animated characters. Apart from
Catherine Deneuve nearly all the other characters will be replaced by an
American Cast who are equally talented but may not entirely render the very
French and Persian Humor that are clearly interconnected in the film including
for the accents. Nevertheless Satrapi and Paronnaud's cinematic culture and
interests do reflect in the choice of the American Cast. Sean Penn's and Gena
Rowland's filmography is strongly associated to independent films and the
Independent Art World to which the French Iranian duo director's belong to and
admire. Rowland in particular like her French counter part Danielle
Darrieux, is equally a film Legend and iconic figure of
Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, the film also has an OscarŽ winning
potential. But who will definitively be cast for the character of Marjan
Chiara Mastroianni have developed a solid friendly relationship but
Kennedy is Executive Producer and may favor an American Kirsten
Dunst for the title role. Šimdb.com & OscarsŽ Academy
As for the title role of Marjan being played by Kirsten Dunst the choice seems quite odd and yet justifiable. In many ways Kirsten Dunst is the quintessential American Teenage looking Star of Sophia Coppola's drama's that do find parallels with Satrapi's often dark and disillusioned humor. Marie Antoinette and Virgin Suicides are very much autobiographical in Coppola's filmography. Indeed the director of the Oscar Awarding Lost in Translation often depicts the malaise of her generation and the difficulties of communicating in a World that ignores its protagonists. Marie Antoinette is not in my opinion the most memorable movie on the Former beheaded Queen of France but it does take bold steps in film narration and historical depiction very much like Satrapi in the use of music and cultural anachronism's. Even if Satrapi would most probably have been a Revolutionary in 18th Century France, her Qajar inheritance ( True or False) would probably have made her understand if not share the lonely disillusionments of the French Queen's Royal upbringing.
However the choice of Dunst if confirmed may be more due to the American executive Producer Kathleen Kennedy who may logically prefer to invest on a trendy name and face in Hollywood albeit only recognizable through her voice.
Also it should be noted that after
receiving the Jury Prize at the 60th annual Cannes Film Festival, Sony Pictures
may also have the ambition of imposing
Whatever the ultimate choice for the
VIVE LE CINEMA and LONG LIVE THE MOVIES !
Sony Pictures Classic : Official English Website for Persepolis
Magic in the Making :
Satrapi's Cinephilic choice for Persepolis Cast by Darius KADIVAR
Satrapi's Persepolis Soundtrack CD Released by Darius KADIVAR
An Independent Eye : Hengameh Panahi French Iranian Distributor/Producer by Darius KADIVAR
Iranian Pioneers in French New Wave Cinema by Darius KADIVAR
The Last Colony : Director Parvin Ansary on Italian Cinema by Brian Appleton
Penn in Iran for the San Francisco Chronicle by Sean Penn
(*) Persepolis French Cast on talk show on French Channel Canal Plus. Satrapi and Host announce names of the American Cast including Kirsten Dunst to replace Chiara Mastroianni in the English dubbing.
About the Author: Darius KADIVAR is a Freelance Journalist, Film Historian, and Columnist for OCPC Magazine in LA and Paris.
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