PRESS CALL: "Chicken With Plums" Divides Critics at Venice


PRESS CALL:  "Chicken With Plums" Divides Critics at Venice
by Darius Kadivar

A love story set in 1950s Iran had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festivalin Italy on September 3. "Chicken With Plums" was co-directed by Iranian-born Marjane Satrapi, a French graphic novelist best known for hercomic-strip film "Persepolis."

The film stars French actor Mathieu Amalric as Nasser Ali, a famous Iranian violinist who loses the will to live after his instrument is broken. Satrapi said the film's more somber moments were "nihilistic because life is nihilistic." But she also said much of the film was a celebration of love and art -- particularly Ali's life long passion for a woman he could never have, played by Iranian-born actress Golshifteh Farahani. Farahani said it was a pleasure to recreate Iran as it was before the country's 1953 coup, an Iran that is "gone forever."

Press Conference with Cast and Crew:









Red Carpet :


(Start:David Cronenberg and the cast of "Contagion" arriving at Venice Lido) Red carpet of "Poulet aux prunes" by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud

Photo Call:



Venice critics dine on 'Chicken' By JOHN HOPEWELL (Variety)


Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud's follow-up to "Persepolis,""Chicken With Plums," slipped down a treat for some critics at a press screening Saturday where it received an ovation.

Thelive-action "Chicken" is a major step up in commercial ambition fromtoon "Persepolis."

Budgeted at €11 million ($15.8 million), pic is backed by major European players --Celluloid Dreams, which produces and handles international sales, and, among co-producers, the Manipulators, UFilm, Studio 37 and Jean Labadie's Le Pacte,which releases "Chicken" in France.

Teuton distrib Prokino has German-speaking rights.

Set in quaint, old-world Tehran in 1958, "Plums" stars Mathieu Amalric a scelebrated violinist Nasser Ali Khan. Prevented from marrying the woman he loves (Golshifteh Farahani), he plays for her for years in concert halls worldwide.

"Persepolis" became a milestone in European animation for adults, but Satrapi said she and Paronnaud needed a new challenge.

Anyway, she explained to Variety, "Chicken" is a continuation of"Persepolis."

Khan is based on the brother of Satrapi's grandfather, the communist revolutionary of "Persepolis."

"Persepolis"covered the changes in Iran from the 1970s to the 1990s, "Chicken" begins in 1958, and reaches the 1990s in a sitcom parody flash-forward featuring Khan's now grown-up son.

"It features the same family, but just goes backward in time," she added."What I want to do is to portray my whole family throughout the last century."

The last film in her Iranian trilogy, "The Eleventh Graduate," will unspool from the 1920s to the 1960s, featuring her paternal grandmother who escaped on horseback to marry her grandfather and was only the 11th woman to finish her school studies in her province.

"Pushkin said, 'If you want to write about the world, write about your small village,'" Satrapi said.

"Graduate" will also be live action. "My goal is really to make movies," Satrapi added. "I'll make comic books about other subjects. But I really want to concentrate on the language of film."


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Kudos to Sartapi

by Anahid Hojjati on

I know so many women in her age group who had history similar to her. Grandfather and/or fathers who were leftist. Then they went through Iranian revolution as teen-agers but out of so many, Sartapi was the one who created the books and movies that connect not only with people like me but with worldwide audiences. Very impressive.

Darius Kadivar

No idea Vildemose jan

by Darius Kadivar on

I don't know.


 Dear Darius: Great links.

by vildemose on

 Dear Darius: Great links.

Do you know if Sartapi and Keshavarz are related??

Reform requires the consent of the corrupt

Darius Kadivar

FYI/ Ahmad Rafat Interview of Satrapi on VOA

by Darius Kadivar on

Darius Kadivar

Probably because Golshifteh Speaks from Experience ;0)

by Darius Kadivar on

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All the more that she was born AFTER the Devolution of '79 ...


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Which prompts her to think it qualifies her to speak for My Generation :




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Still I look forward to seeing the film and drawing my own conclusions ... 


Irane Mosadegh?

by statira on

Golshifteh said, we lost the good Iran after the 1952 coup. I don't know what she means?  Mosadegh was the shah prime Minister, Irane Mosadegh was also considered Irane shah. Poor Mosadegh didn't get the chance to show what he really was. He could've been very good or very bad like Khomeini. I bet if Khomeini's plane had been shot and if he didn't have the chance to create the Islamic Republic, people to this day would've considered him as a saint who was going to create Madineye Fazele.