Jun 29th 2007 By: Kevin Panetta
According to an article in Variety magazine, the film version of Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel Persepolis has been dropped from the Bangkok International Film Festival due to political pressure from the Iranian Embassy.
Chattan Kunjara Na Ayutthaya, the chief officer of Iran's Tourism Authority stated that "It is a good movie in artistic terms, but we have to consider other issues that might arise here." The main issue, of course, is Iran. The representative of the same nation whose president referred to 300 as "psychological warfare" against Tehran is now claiming that it "could be a matter of international relations" if the film is shown.
Persepolis is based on the graphic novel of the same name which depicts Satrapi's life as a youth in revolution- torn Iran. The film (which won the Grand Jury Prize this year at Cannes) has no U.S. release date yet, but opened in France and Belgium on June 27th.