|Director:||Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi|
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|09.23.07||Alamo South Lamar||This Screening is part of event: FantasticFest 2007|
I opted out of Death Note in order to get a decent spot in the line for today's secret screening. If I was programming this festival, I'd put the biggest pride movie I could into this slot because it's still the weekend so everybody's still here and strong word of mouth today would drive the whole week... So I'm afraid I let my imagination run wild a bit and sat down hoping for a movie that I'd been looking forward to. Then Dentler got up and introduced this.
Persepolis is the animated tale of a woman growing up in 80s Iran with the revolution and whatnot, kind of an autobiography of her trials, tribulations, and travels. I guess it was based on a graphic novel (and co-directed by the main character). The animation was mostly in black and white and had a unique style probably taken from the book.
I can't really say it's a bad movie. I can say that it's not my kind of movie and if I had known about it ahead of time I would've seen something else. I think a couple people (non-VIP badgeholders waiting in line for 3 hours expecting a Mel Gibson-level special event) were a little miffed. Plus the fact that Dentler mentioned it only being a secret screening here because they wanted the official US push to begin in a few weeks with NYFF made it seem all the less special.
I'm not sure if I'm glad I even saw it. It really did nothing for me at all. Again, I can't say it's bad - It didn't look or sound bad - but it was so outside the realm of my interest that nothing really mattered.
Oh well, next.