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France picks 'Persepolis' as Oscar entry

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France has selected "Persepolis," a black-and-white animated film about a young girl growing up in Iran during the Islamic revolution in the late 1970s, as the nation's entry for best foreign language film at the Oscars.

Based on Marjane Satrapi's internationally heralded graphic novel, the autobiographical tale was adapted for the screen as a black-and-white 2D animated feature.

Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud co-wrote and co-directed the film.

"Persepolis" was chosen as France's Oscar entry by Thierry Fremaux, general manager of the Cannes Film Festival; Margaret Menegoz, president of Unifrance, the nation's film-promotion office; and Alain Terzian, president of the French academy of motion pictures.

The film has been widely screened on the festival circuit, where it shared the jury prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. It was shown at the recent Telluride and Toronto film festivals, and will close the New York Film Festival on Oct. 14.

The French version of the film is voiced by Chiara Mastroianni as Marjane, as well as Catherine Deneuve, Danielle Darrieux and Simon Abkarian. An English version of the film with Mastroianni, Deneuve, Sean Penn, Iggy Pop and Gena Rowlands has also been recorded.

Sony Pictures Classics will release the film in the U.S. on Dec. 25.

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