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Film, food at the Beaver Creek Food and Film series

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Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily"Persepolis" comes to the big screen at the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Wednesday as a part of the Vail Symposium's Beaver Creek Food and Film Series. The award-winning animated film will be followed by a food tasting and discussion with film critic Walter Chaw.

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado ” Award-winning international films are known for their visual artistry and provocative stories. Combine these ingredients with the taste of cuisine from the film’s country of origin and the result is a multi-sensory treat. This year, the Symposium’s menu of films will bring stories, viewpoints and tastes from the Middle East, Asia, South America and Europe to the Vilar Performing Arts Center starting today.

Following each film in the Beaver Creek Film and Food Series will be a discussion with senior critic, Walter Chaw. He has been published in L.A. Weekly, among other alternative weeklies across the country, and is syndicated in more than 50 small press publications.

“We are thrilled to be bringing the international Food and Film Series to this community for the third summer,” said Fraidy Aber, executive director of the Vail Symposium. “International films provide insightful elements of culture and perspective that this community needs. And discussing the films with Walter after each screening is one of my favorite parts!”

The films included in this season’s series are all recent award winners. This will be their first time featured on the “big screen” in our community. Tonight’s featured film is “Persepolis,” which is 95 minutes long.

A ‘little message’

Based on two graphic novels, “Persepolis” describes the life of young Marjane Satrapi whose journey from childhood to adulthood parallels the rise of Islamic fundamentalists in Iran. With personal liberties and safety drastically waning, she flees Iran to study abroad and make a better life at the age of 14. She returns to Iran to reconnect with her family, while struggling with and speaking out against the hypocrisy she witnesses.

“In a real sense, ‘Persepolis’ illustrates that the extent to which fundamentalism has tightened its band around our artistic selves is leading both countries (ours and hers) into that old danse macabre,” said Denver film critic Walter Chaw. “‘Persepolis’ as a film is more about human interaction than socio-political philosophy.”

When Chaw sat down with Satrapi, she told him, “Individuality is the basis of democracy. If you don’t develop a personal point of view, you lose your democracy. That’s why my film is about one person ” that’s where it starts.”

Satrapi’s animated feature has received numerous awards, including the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Animation. It was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year and a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

“The power, the potential, of film is that we can maybe reach a lot of people with this little message that people everywhere have the same dreams and desires, are full of the same concerns, the same love of their families,” Satrapi said.

Following the film will be a tasting of Pursian, Austrian and French hors d’oeurves from the French Press. Satrapi’s graphic novel “Persepolis” will be on sale from the Bookworm of Edwards. The tasting and conversation will be held in the Vilar’s lower lobby.

Wednesday: “Persepolis” (France/Iran, 2007, PG-13)

Aug. 26: “Machuca” (Chile, 2004, Unrated)

Sept. 3: “Woman On The Beach” (S. Korea, 2006, Unrated)

Sept. 10: “The Band’s Visit” (Israel, 2007, Rated PG-13)

Attend each film a la carte for $11 or enjoy all four courses for $38. Show times at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek are 7 p.m. Reserve your tickets at the Vilar by calling 970-845-TIXS, or visit

More Information: Call the Vail Symposium at 970-476-0954 or visit

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