A humorous yet moving story of a precocious and outspoken young Iranian girl growing up during and after her country's 1979 Islamic Revolution, "Persepolis" triumphantly landed an honor at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival as the nine-member jury headed by British filmmaker Stephen Frears announced the event's winners on Sunday, May 27.
Written and directed by Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi based on the latter's graphic novels, the animated feature was awarded the Jury Prize which it shared with "Stellet Licht" ("Silent Light"), Carlos Reygadas' tale of forbidden love set among Mennonite farmers of northern Mexico.
Elsewhere, top prize Palme d'Or was bestowed to Romanian film "4 luni, 3 saptamini si 2 zile" ("4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days") while the second-highest award of Grand Prize went to Naomi Kawase's "Mogari no mori" ("The Mourning Forest").
As for the names, director Julian Schnabel delightfully gained Best Director title for his work in "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" with fellow filmmaker Gus Van Sant receiving special prize through his "Paranoid Park." Full list of the award recipients can be viewed at the festival's official site.