I saw Persepolis as part of the Film Independent members’ preview series tonight. It’s based on a French-language graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi that describes her childhood in Iran after the revolution. The animation style is really outstanding, and the story helps put a human face on the recent history of Iran. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how it won’t take much for this country to unravel into a theocracy as well.
The film is up for a number of awards, and just won an honor from the National Review Board. I’m not sure seeing it in the theater is required – the animation style probably translates fine to a small screen. It opens Christmas in LA in NY and in 2008 elsewhere.