“Chicken with Plums is as much about culture as about love and family. To be true artists, the film muses, perhaps violinists — and graphic novelists — need the national equivalent of a room of their own.”
Satrapi knows about loss. She’s had to let go of an important part of her past: she hasn’t been back to Iran in 13 years. “Of course, I’m allowed to go,” she says. “But I’m not sure [that] if I go, I can come back again. This is the problem. Would you go back somewhere if you thought there was a 99 percent chance of jail?” To re-create her childhood home, she had to rely on a Berlin soundstage. She made sure every detail was as realistic as possible, right down to the grayish-yellow bricks she remembers from her grandmother’s Tehran estate. “Tehran is quite a Western city,” she says. “People asked me, why didn’t you shoot in Morocco? It’s because Morocco doesn’t look like Tehran one bit—that’s why!”
The film version of Easy Money is finally coming out in the U.S. on July 11th!
Directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), EASY MONEY is a Swedish crime thriller based on the international best-selling novel Snabba Cash by Jens Lapidus. Lower-class business student JW (Joel Kinnaman from AMC’s ‘The Killing’) falls in love with a sexy heiress while living a double life mingling with Stockholm’s wealthy elite. To keep up the facade of his lifestyle, he’s lured into a world of crime. Jorge is a petty fugitive on the run from both the police and Serbian mafia. He hopes that brokering a massive cocaine deal will allow him to escape for good. Mafia enforcer Mrado is on the hunt for Jorge, but his efforts are complicated when he’s unexpectedly saddled with caring for his young daughter. As JW’s journey ventures deeper into the dark world of organized crime, the fate of all three men becomes entangled and ends with a dramatic struggle for life and death.
Watch the trailer for the new documentary Joann Sfar Draws from Memory, all about The Rabbi’s Cat author Joann Sfar. And if you’ll be in New York City on January 25th, check out the premiere screening!
Robert Neuwirth, author of Stealth of Nations, writes: In my article “Global Bazaar,” I look at Lagos, Nigeria, a city that runs on unlimited entrepreneurial zeal. I collaborated with artist Andrea Haenggi to make the following video, which shows the neighborhoods mentioned in the article. No matter how raw, cacophonous and bewildering the city’s environment may be, its people are engaged in a super-energetic life of self-development. A dump picker moves up the recycling supply chain. A teenager sells drinking water to pay her school fees. A merchant journeys to China to supply the massive mobile phone market. A fisherman watches as his neighbors fill in the shoreline to create a road. The result is a paradox: a city that seems paralyzed by challenges where everyone is undeniably on the move.