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Part of SFFILM Festival


Directed by Marjane Satrapi

UK | Fiction | 103

10 Apr
Fri, Apr 10, 2020 at 3:30 pm
SFMOMA 151 3rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
11 Apr
Sat, Apr 11 at 1:00 pm
Victoria Theatre


Working from Lauren Redniss’s account of Marie and Pierre Curie’s lives, Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) embraces the spirit of experimentation, employing occasional animation and fanciful flourishes along with a unique, time-telescoping approach. This biographical portrait of Marie pays homage to her groundbreaking work, including her discovery of both radium and polonium, while also recognizing the personal elements of her story, creating a rich, complicated study of a remarkable scientist that also grapples with both the healing and destructive powers of radiation.

“As startling as it is to see the beloved scientist hated in her time, that we’re able to see this headstrong legend as a sexual being at all is a credit to how much [Rosamund] Pike gradually humanizes her as a woman, while never pleading for our pity. (Something the real Curie would have loathed.) The globe has applauded Curie’s creation long after her death, polishing the marble image Radioactive works hard to scuff. Instead, says Satrapi, admire her passions — even when they were also the core of her doom.” –Amy Nicholson, Variety

Director Marjane Satrapi

Iran-born filmmaker Marjane Satrapi made her directing debut with Persepolis (2007), an adaptation of her own graphic novel that was nominated for a Best Animated Feature Academy Award. Her other films include Chicken with Plums (Festival 2012), in which she again adapted her own book; Gang of the Jotas (2012); and The Voices (2014).

Film Details

Language English

Year 2019

Runtime 103

Country UK

Director Marjane Satrapi

Producer Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner

Writer Jack Thorne

Editor Stéphane Roche

Cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle

Music Evgueni Galperine, Sacha Galperine

Cast Rosamund Pike, Sam Riley, Anya Taylor-Joy