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A genre jumping Persian love story

Directed by Vincent Paronnaud & Marjane Satrapi
Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Edouard Baer, Maria de Medeiros, Isabella Rossellini, Chiara Mastroianni

France, Germany, Belgium | 2011 | 91 min.| Comedy, Drama | PG-13
French with English subtitles

Tehran, 1958. Since his beloved violin was broken, Nasser Ali Khan (Mathieu Amalric, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), 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 Azraël, 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.

Screenplay by Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi
Cinematography by Christophe Beaucarne
Music composed by Olivier Bernet

2012 Dublin International Film Festival: Won, Special Jury Prize
2011 Venice and Toronto Film Festivals: Official Selection

“Chicken With Plums casts an undeniable spell. It is bold, exotic and distinctive.” - Xan Brooks, The Guardian, UK

“A stylized world of romantic longing and artistic melancholy...” – A. O. Scott, The New York Times

“The same winning balance of seriousness and humor that made Persepolis such a hit works equally well in Chicken With Plums. What [the directors] have really achieved is an evocation of a lost world with the kind of atmospheric quality of Fellini's Cinecittà.” - Jay Weisseberg, Variety

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