Persepolis to Close NY Film Fest

Marjane Satrapi’s and Vincent Paronnaud’s controversial animated feature Persepolis is scheduled to be the closing screening for the 45th annual New York Film Festival. The pic, which was snatched up by Sony Pictures Classics for distribution in the U.S., won the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and will compete at this year’s Ottawa Int’l Animation Festival (OIAF) in September.

Based on the acclaimed, autobiographical graphic novel by Satrapi, Persepolis tells the tale of a spirited Iranian girl who has to face the oppressive Islamic revolution in 1979. The French-language film has been a hit in France and Germany, but Iranian officials have been condemning it for its portrayal of the Islamic regime.

The English-language version of the 2D, black-and-white movie will feature the voices of Sean Penn, Gena Rowlands, Iggy Pop, Catherine Deneuve and Deneuve’s daughter, Chiara Mastroianni, who played the lead in the French version as well. The film will begin regular theatrical engagement on December 25 in select cities around the U.S.