Chicken with Plums


Mon, Apr 30

   6:15 / Kabuki

Wed, May 2

   12:30 / Kabuki

Poulet aux prunes

New Directors

France/Germany/Belgium, 2011, 91 min


Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud
Christoph Fisser, Charlie Woebcken, Torsten Poeck, Adrian Politowski, Gilles Waterkeyn, Frédérique Dumas, Jean Labadie, Michel Reilhac, Meinolf Zurhorst, Arnaud Bertrand, Christophe Bichot, Mathieu Amalric
Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud
Christophe Beaucarne
Stéphane Roche
Olivier Bernet
Mathieu Amalric, Golshifteh Farahani, Edouard Baer, Maria de Medeiros
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Chicken with Plums

Ticket info: The following screenings of this film are "At Rush": Mon Apr 30, 6:15

Having told her own riveting story in Persepolis, author and filmmaker Marjane Satrapi explores the life of her great-uncle, revered Iranian musician Nasser Ali Khan, in her latest cinematic effort adapted from her own illustrated novel. Codirected by Vincent Parronaud, this story of lost love, familial tensions and musical genius shimmers with visual riches. Set predominantly in 1958 Tehran, Nasser Ali’s story begins when the unhappily married man runs across his first love, Irane, and she doesn’t recognize him. When he returns home, he finds that his prized violin has been broken. The two events together leave him shattered and he takes to his bed to die. But this situation is only the jumping-off point for Nasser to reflect on his past and future, and for the filmmakers to boldly use varying visual styles to bring his memories and fantasies to life. From vivid Technicolor moments to the light and shadow of German Expressionism to a few moments of animation, Satrapi and Paronnaud use a vast range of techniques to evoke the mind’s manner of heightening the drama of our lives. The directors are also blessed with a dream cast, including Mathieu Amalric (On Tour, SFIFF 2011) as Nasser Ali, Iranian beauty Golshifteh Farahani as the love he pines for and Maria de Medeiros as Nasser’s wife.

—Rod Armstrong

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Marjane Satrapi

Born in Iran in 1969, Marjane Satrapi was sent by her family to Vienna in 1983 to escape the situation that had developed after the fall of the Shah, a story she told in a graphic novel and subsequent animated film under the title Persepolis (2000, 2007). The film version won the Jury Prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and the César for Best First Film. It was also nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards. She has written two other graphic novels, Embroideries (2005) and Chicken with Plums (2006).

Vincent Paronnaud

Vincent Paronnaud, often writing under the moniker Winshluss, is a French comics artist and filmmaker. In addition to Chicken with Plums, he also codirected with Marjane Satrapi 2007’s Persepolis, which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature. His most recent graphic novel is an adaptation of the Pinocchio story.