Monday, September 24, 2007

The Ayatollah does not give it 2 Thumbs Up

Fresh off its win as France's entry for best foreign film at the Oscars (not to mention its Jury Prize at Cannes), Persepolis, the animated adaptation of Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel, picked up the best feature award at the Ottawa International Animation Festival yesterday. The movie, which tells the story of a girl growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution, has already had a strong critical and commercial showing in France, and will make its English language debut (featuring the voices of Iggy Pop and Sean Penn, among others) at the New York Film Festival next month, but opens theatrically on Christmas Day in the U.S.

Checking out the trailer and making-of feature on its website (the film's MySpace page also has several clips in French), it's easy to see that Persepolis is great-looking, and seems to have translated from page to screen beautifully. It's worth noting that before the success of Sin City, black-and-white animated features like this one or Renaissance would probably have had a much more difficult time getting made. Still, we shouldn't expect a Maus movie anytime soon.

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