AMPAS ’16: Marjane Satrapi

AMPAS ADDS WOMEN DIRECTORS: With our commitment to reviewing all new releases written and/or directed by women, FF2 Media now plays an important role in breaking down barriers. AMPAS invited 683 new members this year, 49 of whom are female directors. Who are they? What are their stories? We already know them, and we are here to tell you!

Marjane Satrapi is an Iranian-born French graphic novelist, cartoonist, illustrator, film director, and children’s book author. Her novel Persepolis was adapted into an animated film of the same name, debuting at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival in May 2007 and sharing a Special Jury Prize with Silent Light (Luz silenciosa) by Carlos Reygadas.The English version was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in January 2008, becoming the first woman to be nominated for the award.

Satrapi and Paronnaud made a second film, a live-action adaptation of Chicken with Plums, released in late 2011. A year later, Satrapi directed and acted in the comedy crime film from her own screenplay, Gang of the Jotas.

In 2014, Satrapi directed the comedy-horror film The Voices, from a screenplay from Michael R. Perry.

Excerpt of FF2 Media review of The Voices from February 5, 2015:

Watching The Voices is like walking a tightrope, which director Marjane Satrapi pulls off brilliantly. This odd, hard-to-describe film is a touching tour de force – even when you’re laughing through your tears.

The story begins in the seemingly perfect world of “Jerry,” (Ryan Reynolds) a normal, handsome guy working at a loading dock of a plumbing supply factory. But soon enough, his almost-perfect circumstances at work are a little too good to be true. In his world, boxes are cotton-candy pink and everyone is cheery, happy, and friendly. For Jerry, everything is easy – at least on the surface.

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Photo: Iranian writer and film director Marjane Satrapi poses during the photocall of her latest film “La bande des Jotas” (Gang of the Jotas) in Rome, on November 16, 2012 during the seventh edition of the Rome film festival.


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