TEHRAN – “The Last Fiction”, an animated feature film produced by Hoorakhsh Studio in Tehran, will be competing in the 12th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA).
In a letter sent to Hoorakhsh, APSA Executive Manager Eddy Garcia-Grant asked the studio to submit the movie to the APSA Animated Feature Film category, the studio announced on Wednesday.
The story of “The Last Fiction” directed by Ashkan Rahgozar is based on the classic Iranian tale from Persian poet Ferdowsi’s masterpiece “The Shahnameh” (“The Book of Kings”).
It follows Zahak’s treacherous rise to the throne in Jamshid in Persia. The young and naive 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 that reveals human nature.
An all-star cast including Parviz Parastui, Leila Hatami, Hamed Behdad, Baran Kowsari, Askhan Khatibi, Akbar Zanjanpur and Farrokh Nemati have lent their voices to the characters in the project.
The 12th Asia Pacific Screen Awards ceremony will take place in Brisbane, Australia on November 29.
“The Last Fiction” has also been selected for the feature film out of competition at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Three screenings have been arranged for the movie at the event, which is currently underway in the alpine town in southeastern France.
Photo: A poster for “The Last Fiction” by Iranian director by Ashkan Rahgozar