Irish Film Institute -PERSEPOLIS



95 minutes, France-U. S. A., 2007, Subtitled, Black and White /Colour, Blu-ray

This screening will be introduced by Steve Woods, an animator and film-maker, lecturer at the National Film School at Dun Laoghaire, where he teaches experimental animation.

Included to acknowledge the significance of the IFI French Film Festival, which launches its 13th programme this November, Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud’s Cannes Jury Prize winning Persepolis is one of the most enduring titles to have opened the festival since its inaugural year.

Based on Satrapi’s own ground-breaking graphic novel, and employing the same monochromatic palette that characterised the autobiography, this deeply affecting animated film charts Marjane’s tumultuous upbringing in Iran during the 1979 Revolution as well as her subsequent exile in Austria and then France. Subversive, nuanced and funny, Persepolis epitomises the very best of what animation can do. (Notes by Alice Butler.)

This film is screening as part of 20/20: Landmark Films at the IFI which is part of IFI20: Celebrating 20 Years in Temple Bar.

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