Marjane Satrapi was born in in Iran, on the edge of the Caspian Sea. She grew up in Tehran, where she studied at the Lycée Français, before leaving for Vienna and, later, Strasbourg to study Decorative Arts. Her most known work, Persepolis, tells the story of Marjane Satrapi’s youth in Iran in the 1970s and 80s, of living through the Islamic Revolution and the war with Iraq. The animated film adaptation of Persepolis garnered huge international acclaim and won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival; in 2008 it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film and won two Cesar Awards for Best First Film and Best Adaptation. In all, Persepolis received over 25 major international award nominations and received over 15 major international awards. She had her first painting exhibition in January 2013 at the Galerie Jerôme de Noirmont. Her film GANG OF THE JOTAS was released in 2013, and she has directed the film The voices (2014) starting Ryan Reynolds.