Marjane Satrapi’s new horror film makes a splash at Sundance


What could be cuter than the above image of Ryan Reynolds talking to a kitty and a puppy and…a woman’s severed head? Oops. It’s all part of Marjane Satrapi’s directing career. Satrapi’s Persepolis led the way for the Graphic Novel boom of the Aughts, and she could probably coast along as an ink-slinger for a […]

Persepolis still not being taught to seventh graders in Chicago; students stage sit in this morning


As we suspected when the news broke, the removal of Persepolis from the seventh grade curriculum at a Chicago high school turned in to a minor media circus pretty quickly, with school officials saying different things all over the place. If you missed all the confusion, the Chicago Tribune
has the authoritative round up and Claire Kirch covers it for PW. Basically it emerged that the book was not being removed from school libraries or all schools, but it is being removed from the 7-10 grade curriculum where it is is currently being taught. The person who seems to have decided that is at the very top: Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennnet who wrote

Marjane Satrapi's Chicken With Plums trailer is out

Already Oscar-nominated for the PERSEPOLIS film she co-directed with Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi is mostly sticking to the film medium for now. The trailer and poster for a film based on her graphic novel CHICKEN WITH PLUMS is now out. Once again co-directed by Satrapi and Paronnaud (aka Winschluss), this time, instead of animation, the duo are using live action to tell the story of a violinist in 1958 Tehran: