Remember Persepolis, the graphic novel which was adapted into a feature film, both created by French-Iranian author Marjane Satrapi and her partner-in-crime Vincent Paronnaud?
Satrapi has made a new movie, set for release in August, called Chicken with Plums.
1958, Tehran: Since his beloved violin was broken, Nasser Ali Khan, one of the renowned musicians of his time, is giving up on living. Finding no comparable instrument, he goes to bed and waits for death. Ensuing dreams take him back to his youth and to a conversation with Azrael (the angel of death), who reveals the future of his children. As pieces of the puzzle gradually fit together, the secret of his life comes to light.
Like Persepolis, Chicken is an adaptation of a graphic novel Satrapi published in France in 2004 (it’s since been translated and is available in the U.S.).
Ever the lucky filmmaker, Satrapi put together a primo cast for Chicken, made up of Matthieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) in the main role, Edouard Baer and Maria de Medeiros, both recognizable actors in France, and the Iranian actor Golshifteh Farahani (insert link to our article). The animated feature film Persepolis counted Catherine Deneuve and daughter Chiara Mastroianni for voice-over duty.
Jamel Debbouze, France’s top funny man, and Isabella Rossellini make special appearances.