France’s official foreign language Oscar entry, Persepolis missed the cut, but did land one of the three coveted spots in this year’s Oscar race for Best Animated Feature. Now the black-and-white, autobiographical story from directors Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Parannaud is up for several major kudos, including Best Film, at the 2008 C’sar Awards, France’s own Academy Awards.
In the Best Film category, Persepolis faces tough live-action competition. Also nominated are Julian Schnabel’s La Scaphande et le Papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), Oliver Dahan’s La M’me (La Vie en Rose), Claud Miller’s Un Secret (A Secret) and Abdellatif Kechiche’s La Graine et le Mulet (The Secret of the Grain).
Persepolis also earned Satrapi and Parannaud nominations for Best First Film and Best Adapted Screenplay. Other nods for the toon include Best Music (Olivier Bernet), Best Editing (St’phane Roche) and Best Sound (Thierry Lebon, Eric Chevallier, Samy Bardet).
The 33rd annual C’sar Awards will be presented on Feb. 22 in Paris. A full list of nominees (in French) can be found at www.lescesarducinema.com/?#news.