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Radioactive with Rosamund Pike and Marjane Satrapi

Sunday, Jul 19, 2020

Dir. Marjane Satrapi. 2020, 109 mins. With Rosamund Pike, Sam Riley, Aneurin Barnard, Anya Taylor-Joy, Simon Russell Beale. Museum of the Moving Image is pleased to present an advance screening of Marjane Satrapi’s historical drama Radioactive, based on the incredible life and work of Marie Sklodowska Curie (portrayed by Rosamund Pike), who overcame personal and professional hardships to become one of the most famous scientists of all time and the first woman to win a Nobel Prize—and the first person to receive two. Satrapi’s film both dramatizes Curie’s discoveries and tells a thoughtful account of the role scientists, and women, play in society, reminding us that we live in a world that Curie helped form. Radioactive is adapted from Lauren Redniss’s graphic novel of the same name. On Saturday, July 18 following the 1:00 p.m. EDT screening, Satrapi and Pike will participate in a live online conversation and Q&A moderated by Science on Screen curator Sonia Epstein. Radioactive will be officially released on July 24 on Amazon Prime. View trailer.

Saturday’s screening will be followed by a live online conversation with director Marjane Satrapi and star Rosamund Pike. The Sunday screening will be followed by the recorded conversation.

About the participants:

Rosamund Pike is an Academy Award– and BAFTA-nominated actress who has earned international acclaim for both her stage and film roles. Perhaps best known for her lead role in the hugely successful Gone Girl, Pike has most recently been seen in Scott Cooper’s Hostiles, José Padilha’s Entebbe, Brad Anderson’s Beirut, and Matthew Heineman’s A Private War. Pike has completed filming on Andrea Di Stefano’s Three Seconds, a crime thriller, alongside Joel Kinnaman and Clive Owen, and will star in State of the Union, a ten-part series directed by Stephen Frears and written by Nick Hornby. She is also set to star in the series The Banker’s Wife, directed by Lesli Linka Glatter. Pike’s previous film credits include An Education, A United Kingdom, A Long Way Down, The World’s End, Jack Reacher, Wrath of the Titans, Made in Dagenham, The Big Year, Women in Love, The Libertine, Pride and Prejudice, Fracture, Fugitive Pieces, Surrogates, Burning Palms, and Die Another Day.

Marjane Satrapi is an Academy Award–nominated director who wrote and adapted for the screen the graphic novel Persepolis, which tells the story of her youth in Iran in the 1970s and ’80s. Persepolis was published in four volumes in France, where it met with enormous critical acclaim and won several prestigious comic book awards (Prix Alph’art Coup de Coeur at Angoulême, and more), as well as being chosen by the Young Adult Library Association as one of its recommended titles for all students, and also named as one of the “100 Best Books of the Decade” by The Times (London). The animated film adaptation of Persepolis, which Satrapi wrote and directed, garnered huge international acclaim winning the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, receiving a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film, and winning two Cesar Awards for Best First Film and Best Adaptation. Satrapi’s live-action film Chicken with Plums (based on her book by the same name), made its premiere in the Mostra of Venice in 2011 before winning the award of Best Narrative Film at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival and Best Foreign Language Film from the São Paulo International Film Festival. Her film Gang of the Jotas was released in 2013, and in 2014 she directed the film The Voices starring Ryan Reynolds. Marjane Satrapi currently lives in Paris, where her illustrations appear regularly in newspapers and magazines all around the world.

Special thanks to Amazon Prime for sponsoring this free screening.