Sony Pictures Classics has partnered up on Persepolis, an in-production animated feature based on Marjane Satrapi ‘s comic-book autobiography (which was written in two parts). SPC announced their distribution deal with the producers at a Tuesday lunch at the Carlton Beach restaurant.

Kathy Kennedy (far left in this group photo and the one above) is the project’s executive producer. Marc-Antoine Robert and Xavier Rigault of 2.4.7 are the hands-on producers. The plan is for the film to be completed by the spring of ’07 and not just be submitted to next year’s Cannes Film Festival but given its debut there. That’s SPC Tom Bernard on the far right; SPC’s Michael Barker is two bodies in from Bernard.