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'Persepolis' to screen Jan. 28-31

RELEASED: Jan. 25, 2010

poster for PersepolisEAU CLAIRE — A young girl comes of age in Iran during the Islamic Revolution in "Persepolis" (2006), Marjane Satrapi's adaptation of her own graphic-fiction memoir, screening Jan. 28-31 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, the Oscar-nominated animated feature will be presented at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.

"'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 9-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 the film 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. The 96-minute film is rated PG-13.

Admission is free at the door with a Blugold Card or International Film Society membership. Community members who wish to attend campus films must purchase an annual IFS membership at the Service Center (715-836-3727) in Davies Center's east lobby. An individual membership costs $4; a family membership costs $10.

More information about the campus film series is available online and at the Activities and Programs office, Davies Center 133.

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