TRAILER: “Chicken With Plums” By Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud

Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, the directors of the Oscar-nominated French animated feature Persepolis, are back with a new fantasy-drama Chicken With Plums. Sony Pictures Classics will release stateside on August 17. The live-action film, with minor bits of animation, is based on a graphic novel by Satrapi.

The film is set in Tehran, Iran, in 1958:

Since his beloved violin was broken, Nasser Ali Khan, one of the most renowned musicians of his day, has lost all taste for life. Finding no instrument worthy of replacing it, he decides to confine himself to bed to await death. As he hopes for its arrival, he plunges into deep reveries, with dreams as melancholic as they are joyous, taking him back to his youth and even to a conversation with Azrael, the Angel of Death, who reveals the future of his children. As pieces of the puzzle gradually fit together, the poignant secret of his life comes to light: a wonderful story of love which inspired his genius and his music.

Watch the trailer below:


  • Andrew Blondin

    I was a big fan of Satrapi’s previous film adaptation of Persepolis, and though I’m a little disappointed that this won’t be another animation, The visual style still looks engaging. I’m looking forward to this film.

    • wever

      Yeah I saw the thumbnail for the trailer video and saw that it wasn’t drawn! What!

  • http://www.moviecappa.blogspot.com Mike Caracappa

    This looks stunningly beautiful. I’m very much looking forward to seeing it.

  • Hank

    Cannot wait. Loohs fantastic!

  • The Gee

    Looks interesting and it certainly looks like it could be amusing.

  • Chris

    Looks Amazing!!
    Since the day i watch Persepolis, which is a Masterpiece, i have always wanted to see what will be next for the duo Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud. I will be seeing this for sure.

  • Mr. James

    I love the trailer…and can I say that as a NON-smoker I’m glad to see people smoking in movies again, even if it is a foreign film. I’m sick of the white washing that American cinema has done with smoking. Villians smoke, visual nuances can be portrayed with smoke, and at times it can show the emotional inner turmoil that a character is going through with a chosen puff. I don’t smoke, I don’t like to be breath second hand smoke, but in a film?! Sometimes you just gotta’ smoke!

    • Chris Sobieniak

      How I feel too. It’s a shame when cinematic aesthetics aren’t always recognized by those who feel they know better than you.

  • George

    The filmmakers’ experience in animation has informed their approach to live action in this film, in all of the best ways.

  • Miles

    I loved Persepolis, and I wish Satrapi would do all of her films in animation.

    But I guess this awesome looking live-action film will suffice.

  • http://elblogderg.blogspot.com Roberto González

    I watched it already and I thought it was fantastic. Different but as good as Persepolis in its own way. I could never get into Satrapi’s comic books, but I loved both of her films.