Watch: Trailer For The Iranian Action-Adventure Film ‘The Last Fiction’

While Iranian live-action cinema has achieved vast acclaim throughout the years, the country has yet to produce an animated feature that has made a similar impact on the international scene. That may change soon with multiple animated features currently in production and rapidly rising production standards.

Among the films to look out for is The Last Fiction, which we first reported on in 2010. The Tehran-based commercial shop Hoorakhsh Studios recently released the film’s first full trailer [above], and it shows potential as a historically-themed action-adventure movie. Ashkan Rahgozar, who runs the studio, is directing.

Adapted from the Shahnameh, the thousand-year-old epic Persian poem written by Ferdowsi, The Last Fiction tells the story of Kaveh, a blacksmith, who leads a revolt to destroy the devil that has appeared in a prince’s soul.

No release date has been set for the film and the filmmakers appear to still be seeking international co-production partners. There are indications, however, that there’s some type of co-production arrangement with France because it has been announced that the film will be dubbed into French, and French-Iranian composer Christophe Rezai has come on board to score the film. Regular updates about the film are being posted on Facebook.

Below is a video that shows the studio’s artist at work, followed by a recent poster for the film:

“The Last Fiction” poster. (Click to expand.)


  • Jack Rabbit

    They have a lot to figure of what is needed and what to leave out……

  • Ahmad

    It’s great seeing glimps of Iranian animation industry starting to shine. but a bit disappointing that there isn’t much development in style aspect to form a unique Iranian animation one. the style in “the Last fiction” looks Marvel-ish. I Still prefer Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis style, the animation was honest to the comics and Marjane’s vision. but hopefully “the Last fiction” will be a start.

  • SarahJesness

    I’m a bit confused, I’ve never heard of that. I know they’re not too big on having images of Muhammad and possibly some other religious figures; I think it has something to do with ensuring that people worship Allah and not some symbol. Possibly. I’m not sure. But I’ve never heard of ‘em having a problem with drawings or anything like that, like, I know comic books and shit are sold in many Muslim countries. And many American animated shows and movies have gotten popular there.

    • Inkan1969

      I think that art from Muslim cultures has traditionally focused on calligraphy and abstract imagery. Mosques may be decorated with beautifully written Koranic verses, and names can be highly stylized, like the name for “iran” that’s at the center of the flag, and the “Al Jazeera” logo. I also heard that the abstract art has been based on mathematics subjects, like algebra.

    • http://sobieniak.blogspot.com/ Chris Sobieniak

      I’m sure as long as it doesn’t impose on their religion or culture it’s OK, at least the number of Japanese shows that managed to make their way over there, though Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure showed how easy it is to peeve the social crowd due to unawareness of such sacred text.
      http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-05-22/jojo-anime-manga-sales-halted-due-to-islamic-images

  • GW

    I know that Saudi Arabia doesn’t have movie theaters so audiences go to websites like YouTube for their content. I don’t know much about the rest of Middle Eastern animation. Neil Emmet has a blog on the subject. Since we’re on the subject of non-typical animation countries I’ll throw in Paula Callus’s African Animation blog too.

    http://mideastmation.blogspot.com/

    http://paulacallus.blogspot.com/

  • AmidAmidi

    Muslim-majority Malaysia has a major service sector for industry production, while Indonesia is ramping up to become a service provider, though they’re not as advanced yet as Malaysia. Across the Middle East, animation production has expanded rapidly over the past decade, from Egypt to Syria to Iran to Pakistan. Here’s one piece on animation in Syria: http://blog.animationstudies.org/?p=779

    • Inkan1969

      Thanks for this information.

    • http://sobieniak.blogspot.com/ Chris Sobieniak

      “Muslim-majority Malaysia has a major service sector for industry production, while Indonesia is ramping up to become a service provider, though they’re not as advanced yet as Malaysia.”

      You’re telling me (of course this is unfair this this was done over a decade ago but still, I’m sure they’re improving)…
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2svdEDvyKOs

  • http://sobieniak.blogspot.com/ Chris Sobieniak

    They certainly have a long way to go. It’s a step in the right direction but we’ll have to wait and see where it goes.

  • Harry Bastard

    Persian culture and mythology ALWAYS makes for a dead-sexy video game setting.