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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Screening/Panel: Persepolis Jan 10th

Sony Pictures Classics & ASIFA-Hollywood
invite members and a guest to a special screening of...

Sony Pictures Classics

Nominated for Four Annie Awards (Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Music Score)

Thursday, January 10th at 7:30 PM
Laemmle Sunset Five Theaters
8000 Sunset Blvd. (at Crescent Heights)
West Hollywood, CA 90046
Note: please Park underneath the building.

Q/A after screening with co-writers and co-directors
Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud.

Members Only / RSVP Required
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Winner of a Special Jury Prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, presented at the 2007 Telluride and Toronto International Film Festivals, and the Closing Night Film at this years upcoming New York Film Festival, Persepolis is the poignant coming-of-age story of a precocious and outspoken young Iranian girl that begins during the Islamic Revolution. We meet nine-year-old Marjane when the fundamentalists first take power forcing the veil on women and imprisoning thousands; follow her as she cleverly outsmarts the social guardians and discovers punk, ABBA and Iron Maiden, while living with the terror of government persecution and the Iran/Iraq war; then on to Austria as a teenager, where ! her parents send her to school in fear for her safety and, she has to combat being equated with the religious fundamentalism and extremism she fled her country to escape.

Marjane eventually gains acceptance in Europe but finds herself alone and horribly homesick, and returns to Iran to be with her family, though it means putting on the veil and living in a tyrannical society. After a difficult period of adjustment, she enters art school and marries, continuing to speak out against the hypocrisy she witnesses. At age twenty-four, she realizes that while she is deeply Iranian, she cannot live in Iran. She then makes the heartbreaking decision to leave her homeland for France, optimistic about her future, shaped indelibly by her past.

Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud co-wrote and co-directed the film, which is produced by Marc-Antoine Robert and Xavier Rigault of 2.4.7. Films, and executive produced by Kathleen Kennedy of The Kennedy/Marshall Company in co-production with France 3 Cinema, Franche Connection Animations and Diaphana Distribution; in association with Celluloid Dreams, Sony Pictures Classics, Sofica Soficinema and Sofica Europacorp. Rated PG -13. 95 minutes.

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