‘The Last Fiction’ to hit Iranian theaters on Nov. 22
Art and Experience: Ashkan Rahgozar’s animated feature ‘The Last Fiction’, a 2020 Oscar contender, will come to movie theaters across Iran in the next Iranian month of Azer, starting Nov. 22.
The animation first started to go on screen or be released as Video on-demand (VOD) in as many as 32 countries, including US, Russia, and Sweden since September, before it was announced that Rahgozar’s debut animated feature is ready to go on screen in Iranian theaters from November 22.
‘The Last Fiction’ is an open interpretation of the story of ‘Zahhak’, a page from one of the central tales of the ‘Book of Kings/Shahnameh’ written by acclaimed Persian poet Ferdowsi between 977 and 1010.
The film follows Zahhak’s treacherous rise to the throne in Jamkard in Persia. The young and naïve hero Afaridoun will have to save the kingdom and its people from darkness. But he must first conquer his own demons in this portrayal of Persian mythology which reveals human nature.
It recently won the Best Feature Animation award at 6th Epic ACG Fest in California, US, and is one of the 32 submissions for this year’s Animated Feature category of the Academy Awards.
The voice cast includes top Iranian actors such as Leila Hatami (‘A Separation’), Parviz Parastui (‘Today’) and Ashkan Khatibi (‘So Close, So Far’).
‘The Last Fiction’ premiered at Annecy, the world’s top animation film festival in France, and won several awards at international film festivals including the best feature animation award at the 3rd international South American films festival in Chile, and Best Animated Future Film at the 16th edition of San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival in the US.