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Posted at 06:19 PM ET, 09/09/2012

MARJANE SATRAPI: ‘Persepolis’ creator waxes passionate on her new live-action film, ‘Chicken With Plums’

“Smoke isn’t just death. To me, smoke is like life.”

Those words lingered in the air last month when spoken with passion by Iranian filmmaker/graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi, as we sat in a Georgetown Four Seasons bar (smoking permitted in the rooms), discussing her first live-action film, “Chicken With Plums.”

Marjane Satrapi at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, in August. (Sarah L. Voisin - WASHINGTON POST)
Just shortly before our interview, Satrapi got the news that a friend, essayist/humorist David Rakoff, had died at age 47. “Chicken With Plums” the film (adapted from her graphic novel) concerns a world-class violinst who — upon his wife’s destruction of his perfect Stradivarius, and thus of his ability to make perfect music — decides to lie down and die.

Thus, during our interview, the idea of artistic careers cut short hung thick like tobacco ether in the summer air.

Satrapi and I spoke by phone in April, just prior to her appearance at George Washington University; we spoke again, in person, in August, prior to Friday’s opening of “Chicken With Plums” in Washington.

Here’s a link to the resulting article on the Oscar-nominated “Persepolis” creator, running in Sunday’s Post.

(Illustration by MICHAEL CAVNA - Illustration by MICHAEL CAVNA )

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Tags:  marjane satrapi, chicken with plums, persepolis

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