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Directed by Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi
FEATURE NARRATIVE 91 Minutes U.S. Premiere
Nasser Ali Khan (Mathieu Amalric, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) is the most celebrated violin player in 1950s Tehran, but his heart is broken. His true love is long lost, his marriage is passionless, and his most precious instrument has met its demise. Crippled by the pains of an unrequited love and a life without music, he resigns to bed and loses himself in a series of reveries: fantasies about his children's future lives, visits from the angel of death, and remembrances from his youth, which all come together through a fractured chronology to illuminate the cause of his despair.

In the follow-up to their Oscar-nominated debut Persepolis, directors Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud team up to adapt another of Satrapi's award-winning graphic novels. This effort largely favors live action over animation, vividly realized with a wide stylistic palette of aesthetics ranging from fantasy-tinged period piece to bubbly pop caricature to glowing nostalgic daydream. The result is a stylish, melancholy fairy tale full of humor, whimsy, and—above all—romance.
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About the Director(s)
Marjane Satrapi was born in Iran. She created the autobiographical graphic novel Persepolis and adapted it with comic artist and filmmaker Vincent Paronnaud into an Oscar-nominated film in 2007. Satrapi also published the novels Embroideries and Chicken With Plums. Paronnaud has directed several short films.
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Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud
  • Screenwriter:
    Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud
  • Producer:
    Hengameh Panahi
  • Editor:
    Stephane Roche
  • Director of Photography:
    Christophe Beaucarne, A.F.C./S.B.C.
  • Production Designer:
    Udo Kramer
  • Executive Producer:
    Francois-Xavier Decraene
  • Composer:
    Olivier Bernet
  • Costume Designer:
    Madeleine Fontaine, E.F.A./A.F.C.C.
  • Sound:
    Gilles Laurent
  • Primary Cast:
    Mathieu Amalric, Edouard Baer, Maria de Medeiros, Golshifteh Farahani, Eric Caravaca, Chiara Mastroianni, Jamel Debboouze, Isabella Rossellini



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