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Friday, January 24, 2014  >  7 p.m.

Saturday, January 25, 2014  >  2 p.m. + 7 p.m.

Sunday, January 26, 2014  >  2 p.m.

Woodland Theater of Davies Center

Based on the graphic novel memoirs of Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis brings to life the poignant story of a young girl who comes of age in Iran in the 1970s, during the Islamic Revolution. The issues of love, family and freedom that fill her adolescent life are reflected in the revolutionary struggles that surround her. The film received the Jury Prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

"Persepolis is cinematic poetry in black and white," wrote USA Today. "This lyrical animated film for adult audiences powerfully proves the wide range of the medium in its capacity for distinctive and moving storytelling."

Persepolis is the story of Satrapi growing up within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution. Through the eyes of the precocious and outspoken nine-year-old, we see a people’s hopes dashed as fundamentalists force veils on women and imprison people by the thousands. The clever and fearless young girl outsmarts the social guardians, but as she gets older her boldness causes her parents to worry for her safety. Sent away to school in Vienna at 14, she must face the trials of adolescence far from her family. Though it means living in a tyrannical society, her loneliness drives Marjane back to Iran after high school. Persepolis illustrates her sweet and terrible homecoming and her heartbreaking decision whether to leave her homeland forever.

“This bare synopsis doesn’t begin to convey the imaginative breadth of Persepolis, the richness of its characters, the wit with which it encapsulates a huge amount of historical detail or its breezy flights of fancy,” wrote Newsweek. “It’s not to be missed in any language.”

The International Film Society will present Persepolis in its original French-language version, subtitled in English. Co-directed by Vincent Paronnaud, the film features the voices of Gabrielle Lopes, Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve and — as Marjane’s wise, beloved and straight-talking grandmother — the legendary Danielle Darrieux.

Sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire International Film Society

Admission is free at the door with a Blugold Card or an International Film Society membership. Community members may buy an individual IFS membership for $4; a family membership costs $10. The annual memberships are available at the Service Center, 715-836-3727, in Davies Center’s east lobby.


France 2007
95 minutes
In French, English, Persian and German subtitled in English
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material including violent images,
sexual references, language and brief drug content
Directed by Marjane Satrapi + Vincent Paronnaud


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