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: