by John Stoehr
Persepolis, the animated film about an imaginative Iranian girl growing up during the Islamic Revolution, was supposed to be showing at the Terrace Theater, but no longer (things change quickly in the movie distribution biz). The film, based on the best-selling autobiographical graphic novel, is set to open at the Regal Charles Towne Square 18 on Friday. You can get advanced tickets here.
Here's a synopsis from Fandango:
We meet 9-year-old Marjane when the fundamentalists first take power; she cleverly outsmarts the “social guardians” and discovers punk, ABBA and Iron Maiden, while living with the terror of government persecution and the Iran/Iraq war; as a teenager, her parents send her to school in Austria in fear for her safety and she has to combat being equated with the religious fundamentalism and extremism she fled her country to escape. Marjane gains acceptance in Europe but finds herself homesick, and returns to Iran to be with her family, though it means putting on the veil and living in a tyrannical society. She enters art school and marries, continuing to speak out against the hypocrisy she witnesses. At age 24, she realizes that while she is deeply Iranian, she cannot live in Iran. She then makes the decision to leave for France, optimistic about her future, shaped indelibly by her past. *Note: Film is presented in French with English subtitles.
Here's a trailer: