English-language 'Persepolis' to bow April 11


NEW YORK -- Sony Pictures Classics announced that it will release the English-language version of "Persepolis" on April 11 on 100 screens nationwide.

The animated film about a young girl in Iran during the Islamic Revolution is co-written and co-directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud and is based on Satrapi's internationally best-selling comic book autobiography.

The English-language version of "Persepolis" features the voices of Chiara Mastroianni as Marjane; Sean Penn as Marjane's father, Ebi; Catherine Deneuve as Marjane's mother, Tadji; Gena Rowlands as Marjane's grandmother; Iggy Pop as Uncle Anouche; and Amethyste Frezignac as young Marjane. It was recorded under the direction of Satrapi and Paronnaud as the French-language version of the film was being completed.

The French-language version of the film was released by Sony Pictures Classics in the U.S. in December. "Persepolis" was nominated for a best animated feature Oscar, was France's entry for the best foreign film Oscar and shared the Jury Prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.

The film is produced by Marc-Antoine Robert and Xavier Rigault of 2.4.7. Films.