Persepolis and TekkonKinkreet Get U.S. Dates

Two well-received indie animated features have announced their U.S. opening dates. Michael Arias’ anime/CG hybrid hit Tekkonkinkreet will be distributed by Sony on July 13 in Los Angeles and New York. Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud’s 2D black-and-white feature Persepolis, which took home the Grand Jury Prize at the recent Cannes Festival, will begin its regular theatrical engagement on December 25 in select cities around the U.S. Sony Pictures Classics (Paprika) handles the American distribution of the film.

Tekkonkinkreet (also known as Tekkon Kinkreet)is described as a riveting tale about brotherhood, love lost and the kindness of the human heart amidst the corruption of modern-day society. The movie is the first feature-length anime film written and directed by American filmmakers’director Michael Arias (The Animatrix) and screenwriter Anthony Weintraub. Animated by Studio 4′C, the movie is based on Taiyo Matsumoto’s manga Black and White. The feature was released in Japan in December of last year. It takes palce in a fictional city known as Takara Machi and follows the adventures of a pair of desperate street urchins. Kazunari Ninomiya (Letters form Iwo Jima) is part of the voice cast and UK techno wonders Plaid supply the original soundtrack for the movie.

Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis tells the autobiographical tale of a spirited Iranian girl who has to face the oppressive Iranian Islamic revolution in 1979. Attracting its share of political controversy at the recent Cannes film festival, the movie is a touching black-and-white animated offering, which features the voices of Catherine Deneuve and Chiara Mastroianni. Co-written and co-directed by Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, the French-language film won the Jury prize at the festival and will be released in France in June. The English-language version of the movie will be distributed by Sony Pictures Classics in the U.S. Actress Gena Rowlands is set to voice the English version as well. The movie is animated by French studio 2.4.7 Film and coproduced by The Kennedy/Marshall Company, France 3 Cinema and Sofica Europacorp. We’re sure we’ll be hearing a lot about both these indie gems around Oscar season.