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Persepolis (French)
Main screening room
December 8th, 2023
96 min
Coq-à-l'âne !

This end-of-year cycle is an opportunity to bring together some of the finest 35mm prints in our collections.
The criteria that led to this selection:
a) the rarity of the chosen movie on film
b) the effect of contrast (period, style, culture) between one film and the other
c) the quality of conservation of the print

Directed by
Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud
France, USA
96 min
Animation, biography
35 mm

Tehran 1978: An eight year old Marjane, dreams of being a future prophet, intent on saving the world. Cherished by her modern and cultivated parents and adored by her grandmother, she avidly follows the events that lead to the downfall of the Shah’s brutal regime. The introduction of the new Islamic Republic heralds the era of the ‘Guardians of the Revolution’ who control how people should dress and act. Marjane, who must now wear the veil, dreams of being a revolutionary.


Marjane Satrapi

Marjane Satrapi is a Franco-Iranian artist known as a comic book author and film director. She rose to fame with the publication of Persepolis, a four-volume autobiographical comic book in which she recounts her childhood and youth between the Iran of the Islamic revolution and the Europe of the 1980s-1990s. The series sold over a million copies in France, was translated into many languages and won awards worldwide. His first two films, co-directed with Vincent Paronnaud, are adaptations of her works: the 2007 Cannes and 2008 César award-winning Persepolis, and the 2011 film Poulet aux prunes. His first film not adapted from one of his works, The Voices, was released at the end of 2014 and won awards at L'Étrange Festival and Gérardmer.

Vincent Paronnaud

Vincent Paronnaud is a French comic book artist and filmmaker. He published his first pages in the fanzine Les aventures de Miguel in 1995. He is a collaborator on the magazine Ferraille, which he took over with his friend Cizo. In 2007, he and Marjane Satrapi were awarded the Prix du Jury at the Cannes Film Festival for Persépolis, which also won two Césars the following year: Best First Film and Best Adaptation. The film was also nominated for a 2008 Oscar in the Best Animated Feature category. In 2008, he received the Fauve d'or for best book at the Angoulême Festival for Pinocchio, which was subsequently translated into English. In 2016, he received the Pépite d'or 2016 from the Salon du livre de jeunesse de Montreuil for Dans la forêt sombre et mystérieuse, a children's comic book.