Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni, Sean Penn, Iggy Pop, Danielle Darrieux, all included in an impressive distribution for a truly moving film, Persepolis, will appear again on the screen of the cinema at the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant of Bucharest on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, starting at 6:30 PM, at Horia Bernea Studio.
In the film produced in France, in 2007, Iranian Marjane Satrapi, who has co-directed the film besides Vincent Paronnaud, entwines the story of her own childhood and youth with the heart wrenching story of 15 years in the history of Iran, starting with the revolution that overturned monarchy and including moments of the war between Iran and Iraq.
The film was highly appreciated during its first screening, on December 3, when the cinema theatre was too small for the enormous crowd of viewers. The production, seen through the eyes of the lead character, is a radiography of the decay of Iranian society of that time, increasingly affected by fundamentalism and gradually unhappier.
Thus, the audience in love with quality movies will once again have the opportunity to accompany Marjane Satrapi in this journey by means of the animation film she created in impressive black – and – white visuals, based on her stories published as comic books, Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood and Persepolis 2: The Story of The Return, both very well received in France and highly appreciated all over the world.
Persepolis follows Marjane and the dramatic twists and turns of her life, determined by the deep changes of the world she is living in. Marjane is a 9 year old girl who listens to punk music and is not afraid to say what she thinks. Later, she grows up and her rage against the system determines her parents to send her to study in Austria, in order to protect her. Yet, the girl misses her parents and her country, and immediately after she finishes high school, she decides to return to Iran. Yet, here, nothing is the way she remembers. She is forced to wear a veil and to live in a society that has imposed rules she finds tyrannical and absurd. At the age of 24, she realises though that she would be unable to live in Iran, and despite of her broken heart, she decides to leave her country forever and to move in France.
The title “Persepolis”, inspired by the name of the Persian capital in the sixth century before Christ, is a reminder of Persia’s ancient and grandiose civilisation, in contrast to the way Iran is perceived at the time being – a mono-culture of fundamentalism and terrorism. The film won five awards, including the Prize of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008 and four nominations to international festivals.
The entrance is free.