It seems Iran’s professional political complainers are not just annoyed at hyper-stylized fictional remembrances of 2000-year-old wars, they also dislike cartoon films made from autobiographical comics!:
Iran has protested to France over the screening at the Cannes film festival of an animated film about a woman growing up in revolutionary Iran, slamming the movie as a “political act”, local media reported on Monday.
“Persepolis”, which stems from a best-selling comic book series by Iranian emigre Marjane Satrapi and is competing for the prestigious Palme d’Or, shows its heroine struggling with the authorities in the early days of the Islamic revolution.
“The Cannes film festival has selected a film about Iran which presents an unreal picture of the outcomes and achievements of the Islamic revolution,” said a letter to the French cultural attache in Tehran carried by the press.
“Could the selection of this film… not be counted as a political or even anti-cultural act on the festival’s part?” said the letter penned by the government-run Farabi Cinema Foundation.
[Thanks to JD for the link.]