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Sylvain Chomet's "The Illusionist" First Footage to Screen at Cannes

The Cannes Film Festival will host the first public screening of footage from The Illusionist, the new animated film by Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville). The movie is based on a combination of original material and previously unproduced material by Jacques Tati, and will be produced with a combination of hand-drawn animation and CGI. […]

Lebanon Reverses "Persepolis" Ban

Lebanese authorities have reversed a decision to ban the animated movie Persepolis due to a public outcry that the ban was intended to please Iranian and Shiite clerics rather than out of any sensitivity to Muslims or the Islamic faith. The movie is based on the graphic novel memoirs of Marjane Satrapi as a child […]

"Persepolis" Is a True Milestone in Animated Filmmaking

After a movie has garnered a certain amount of hype, watching it can be a bit of a challenge. There are very, very few movies that actually deserve all the hype that they get. The feedback from disappointed moviegoers can even end up creating a backlash that can overwhelm whatever merits the movie might have […]

CulturePulp Interviews Marjane Satrapi on "Persepolis"

Mike Russell’s “CulturePulp” webcomic has published a webcomic interview with Marjane Satrapi on Persepolis, her autobiographical graphic novel and animated movie. The web comic is based on a 40-minute interview which Russell has provided along with an extra-large PDF version of the webcomic. (via Tom Spurgeon’s Comics Reporter)

Nina Paley Seeks Funds to Get "Sita Sings the Blues" to Berlin

Independent animator Nina Paley has posted a public plea for donations to fund a 35mm print of her film Sita Sings the Blues for screening at the 58th Annual Berlin International Film Festival in February. A master print will cost $30,000, with additional costs for surround sound, and Paley has stated that she still needs […]

"Persepolis" Snubbed for Best Foreign Language Oscar Shortlist

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has issued the shortlist of nine films eligible for “Best Foreign Language Film.” Notable for its absence is Persepolis, the animated adaptation of Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel memoir that was a heavy favorite in early Oscar race speculation. The movie is still eligible for a nomination in […]

DVD Talk Radio Interviews Marjane Satrapi on "Persepolis"

DVD Talk Radio has posted an audio interview with Marjane Satrapi about Persepolis, the animated movie based on her autobiographical graphic novel about her childhood during the Islamic Revolution.

"Persepolis" Wins People's Choice at Vancouver Fest; Creator Satrapi Interviewed

The Gold Derby weblog is noting that the animated feature film Persepolis has won the People’s Choice Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival. The same post speculates why the film was submitted as France’s candidate for the Best Foreign Film Acacemy Award over the live-action La Vie En Rose, which was the expected choice. […]

"Persepolis" Wins Best Animated Feature at Ottawa International Animation Festival

The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) has announced a full list of the prize-winning films screened over the festival weekend. The French movie Persepolis won the Mercury Filmworks Prize for Best Animated Feature, while Franz Kafka’s A Country Doctor from Japan won the Nelvana Grand Prize for Best Independent Short Animation. For a full list […]

France Chooses "Persepolis" for Foreign Language Oscar Contender

France will use the animated film Persepolis as its representative for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. The movie is based on the graphic novel memoir of Marjane Satrapi about her life growing up during the Islamic Revolution of Iran. The film has drawn criticism from the Iranian government, but has been selected to […]

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