The Cycle: “Animated Biographies” continues this Saturday, November 21 at 6:00 pm at the Casa Haas Cinema with the screening of the film “Persepolis” (2007); based on the homonymous graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi and directed with Vincent Paronnaud. The film was the winner of the 2007 Cannes Judges Prize.
“Persepolis” tells the story of the life of Marjane ‘Marji’ Satrapi: we see her as an uninhibited and precocious 9-year-old girl during the 1979 Iranian revolution. Already a teenager, her country is ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, turned into a repressive tyranny where Marji dangerously refuses to remain silent in the face of injustices; Concerned for her safety, her parents decide to send her abroad to study.
However, this change is a difficult test as she is alone and equally vulnerable. When she comes of age, she decides to return home, there she discovers that both she and her country have changed too much.
“Persepolis” is, in its own way, a hymn to the lasting influence of the family: fears, laughter, ideals and tragedies that drive you to search from the soul where to belong, particularly during a time when repression and fundamentalism try to seize all hearts, minds and freedoms.
The film is screened in its original languages (French – Persian) with Spanish subtitles.