Persepolis Creator Talks The Talk In A Tactile Town

Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi accept a film award in New York for “Persepolis.”
Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi accept a film award in New York for “Persepolis.” [Source: NYT]

Marjane Satrapi, creator of Persepolis and co-director of its film adaptation, has done so many interviews in the run-up to tonight’s Academy Awards that she is bored with herself. “Sometimes I looked in the mirror and said, ‘Shut up!’ ” NYT’s Mireya Navarro explains,

Hollywood culture is tactile: it’s hard to do business without being here, in touch, eating, drinking, networking. All this face time is wearing during the Oscar campaign season, especially for non-Hollywood hopefuls like Ms. Satrapi, 38, who lives in Paris and whose fellow director and writer on the film is Vincent Paronnaud. She has repeatedly crossed multiple time zones to promote the film, her first, based on her comic-book memoir about her youth in pre- and post-revolutionary Iran.

Ms. Modigliani is teaching Persepolis this semester in her graphic memoir course. Her students will be interested in NYT’s audio slide show, in which Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud describe their process for translating the book into film.

Persepolis has an Oscar nomination for best animated film. Its main competition is Ratatouille (“I’m competing against a rat,” Satrapi says. Tonight she will walk the red carpet in a long Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress. The NYT doesn’t drop designer names for the rat.

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One Response to Persepolis Creator Talks The Talk In A Tactile Town

  1. Mark Willis says:

    And the winner is… the rat. Move over, Mickey, you have a rodent rival.

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