Exclusive Video Interviews – PERSEPLOS

     December 24, 2007

Opening on Christmas day is “Persepolis,” an animated movie from France that is winning tons of awards. Not only did it win best animated film at the New York Film Critics Circle awards, it also tied “Ratatouille” for best animated film with the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. This comes on the heels of winning a Special Jury Prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and playing at the 2007 Telluride and Toronto International Film Festivals.Finally, this is the French entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category for the upcoming 80th annual Academy Awards. The film beat out “La Vie En Rose” to get the spot. Have I made it clear enough that people love this movie and it’s something special?

By now I’ve probably board you with the award talk, but I think it’s hard to make adults see an animated movie. And when you add that it’s a foreign film with subtitles, most of the time that’s the death blow. I’m hopeful that by telling you how many awards it’s won and how many people love the film, you’ll make more of an effort to check it out.

For those who don’t know about the movie, “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 Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud co-wrote and co-directed the film.

So to help promote the movie, I recently interviewed writer/directorMarjane Satrapi as well as Chiara Mastroianni – who does the voice of Marjane as a teenager and adult. As usual, I listed what we talked about above each interview. Again, “Persepolis” is a special film and one worth watching. Finally, if you missed the movie clips I posted from the movie you can see them here.

Marjane Satrapi

  • Award talk. I ask if it has been a surprise. She talks about her history bringing the story to the screen.
  • In the film she depicts the black market in Iran. I ask if it’s weird for her that her film might end up there.
  • The casting of the voice actors.
  • I ask about her collaboration with her co-director Vincent
  • What she has coming up.

Chiara Mastroianni

  • Award talk
  • When she was making the film, did she know it was going to be really special.
  • What was it like recording her voice and working with two directors? She talks about how each one worked and helped her.
  • She talks about her other movies that she has coming up in France.

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