DIRECTED BY: Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud

Year: 2007
Country: France, United States
Length: 96′
Language: French, English, Persian, German
Subtitles: EN, CZ
Premiere: Cannes IFF



DIRECTED BY: Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud

Growing up in a progressive and educated family amidst the Iranian revolution in the 70s, a young, lively and rebellious girl witnesses all the dark and sinister changes that her country, her family and her own life goes through after the new regime shows its true face to the world and to the citizens of Iran.

Turning into a teenager with a lot of hope for her future, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny of its own. Refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study and for a better life. However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with the young woman now finding herself in a new culture loaded with stark differences to her upbringing and with profound disappointments that deeply trouble her.

One of the most beloved films about Iran and the fate of its citizens over 3 decades, Persepolis is a funny, melancholic, meticulously crafted and heartfelt love letter to a country that has seen much better days.



Marjane Satrapi

Born in Iran in 1969, Marjane Satrapi is best known for her work as a graphic novelist, an illustrator and a filmmaker. Many of Satrapi’s most celebrated works are largely autobiographical graphic novels that have been widely praised, not solely for their storytelling, but also for the effects they have had in deepening her readers’ knowledge of recent Iranian history.

By recounting her life story of growing up in Iran and emigrating to Europe, she has become not only an unusual ambassador for her native country, but also a spokeswoman for greater freedom and a voice against war and for cross-cultural understanding. Her use of graphic novels to tell autobiographical stories with political facets makes her works especially accessible and affecting while bringing serious attention to the graphic novel form.

In addition, Marjane Satrapi has also written and directed several other films with no connections to her homeland including internationally acclaimed works such as The Voices.

Vincent Paronnaud

Vincent Paronnaud, also known as Winschluss has been following his own unique trajectory for the last 25 years. Self-taught and an all-rounder, from local French fanzines to Parisian galleries via the Oscars ceremony, he explores sectors and combines the extremes, mixing joy and cynicism, the crazy and the coherent, popular and underground.

Since 2003, he has made over six short and medium-length films in both live-action and animation. It is mostly two feature-length films co-authored with Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis and Plum Chicken that have made him popular in the film world. In 2013, he shot Territory, a western set in the Pyrenees in the sixties, in which we witness the birth of a lonely hero in a pastoral background. Since 2009, he has been represented by the Galerie Georges Philippe & Nathalie Vallois in Paris, exposing his original drawings and sculptures.