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95 min.
France France
Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud (Comic: Marjane Satrapi)
Olivier Bernet
Animation (B&W)
Co-production France-United States; 2.4.7. Films
Animation. Drama | Adult Animation. Based on a Comic. Biography. 1990s. Feminism. Religion
Synopsis / Plot
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. Soon after, the city is bombarded in the war against Iraq. With the deprivations brought on by the conflict and the routine disappearances of family members and loved ones, the daily repression becomes more severe each day. As her environment becomes increasingly dangerous, Marjane's rebelliousness poses a serious problem. Her parents decide to send her to Austria for her own protection. In Vienna, 14 year old Marjane experiences another kind of revolution: adolescence, freedom and the dizzy heights of love but also with this excitement comes exile, loneliness and the bitter taste of life as an outcast.
2008: 2 Nominations for BAFTA: Best Foreign Languaje Film and Animation Film
2007: Nominated for Oscar: Best Animated Feature Film
2007: Nominated for Golden Globe: Best Foreign Language Picture
2007: Cannes Film Festival: Jury Prize (ex-aequo)
2007: Cesar Awards: Best New Film, Adapted Screenplay. 6 Nominations
2007: National Board of Review: Award for libertad of expresión
2007: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Animated Film
2007: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Animated Feature
2007: Annie Awards: 4 nominations, including Best Film
2007: Nominated for Critics' Choice Awards: Best Animated Feature
2007: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Nominated for Best Animated Feature
2007: Independent Spirit Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
2008: British Independent Film Awards (BIFA): Nominated for Best International Independent Film
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