Payvand.com - After the International critical and Box Office Success of Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud are to join their talents on a next movie project: The screen adaptation of another of Satrapi's comic books "Poulet Aux Prunes" aka "Chicken With Plums".
Satrapi's who was quite recently one of the jury members of the Cannes International Film Festival headed by actor/director Sean Penn has been in the spotlight of the movie press both in France where she lives and works as well as internationally given the remarkable achievement of her comic books and her bio epic animation Persepolis.
"In her new cartoon novel, "Chicken with Plums," the Iranian artist Marjane Satrapi tells the story of her uncle. It's a melancholy parable of love and suffering, portrayed in remarkable pictures.
The book isn't so much an introduction to the pleasures of Iranian cuisine as an introduction to the world of the author's uncle, Nasser Ali Khan, a man who simply couldn't live without his love for music and, more especially, without his passion for the Iranian stringed instrument, the tar.
Satrapi's story begins in Tehran on an autumn day in 1958. That's the day on which the famous Iranian tar virtuoso Nasser Ali has an argument with his wife which is to have major consequences. She accuses him of showing more interest in his music and his instrument than in his duties towards his family and his domestic responsibilities. Nasser Ali's music is worthless, and it doesn't bring any money in, she says repeatedly and cold-heartedly. In the end, in a fit of anger, she smashes the tar, Nasser Ali's most beloved possession.
That is the beginning of the end.
Nasser Ali goes out in search of a new instrument, but there is none to be found. No tar is as good as his old one. So Nasser Ali submits to his fate; he's so unhappy that he decides not to eat anything any more. He just wants to die. Even his favorite meal, a traditional Persian dish, chicken with plums, can't get him to change his mind ..."
The Comic book had earned the award for Best Comic Book at the International Angouleme Festival of Comic Books in 2005. The screen Adaptation however will this time be a Live Action shot with Actors and no more an animated film. A first time experience for the duo directors even if working with actors was also necessary for their previous film Persepolis where the drawings were only done after recording the voices of the major characters played by French Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni, Simon Akbarian and Danielle Darrieux.
We wish the two directors the same critical and box office success on this new movie endeavor.
VIVE LE CINEMA !
Chicken With Plums ! ;0)
The comic book Chicken with Plums is available on amazon.com
Satrapi Joins Jury of Cannes 2008 by Darius KADIVAR
THE EYE OF THE TIGER
by Darius KADIVAR
About the Author: Darius KADIVAR is a Freelance Journalist, Film Historian, and Media Consultant. He is also contributes to OCPC Magazine in LA/US and to the London Based IC Publications The Middle East Magazine and Persian Heritage Magazine.
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