The Last Fiction
|The Last Fiction|
|Directed by||Ashkan Rahgozar|
|Produced by||Hoorakhsh studio|
|Written by||Ashkan Rahgozar|
|Music by||Christophe Rezai |
|Edited by||Zhinus Pedram|
The animated movie of The Last Fiction  is an open interpretation of the story of “Zahhak”, a page from the historical identity of Iranians and one of the central tales of the “Book of Kings/Shahnameh“: the masterpiece of the great “Ferdowsi“. Ashkan Rahgozar is the director of “The Last Fiction”. The main idea of the recounting of this tale is to lend a different perspective to the legends and heroes of ancient Iranians. Production started in 2010, and since then over 100 animators have worked on the film.
In the course of the making of the film, in 2013, the work was able to win recognition and be presented as one of the six best ongoing projects at the “Annecy Festival” in France (the main annual event in the world of animation).  Also, in 2016, this film was acclaimed as one of the four best animated films undergoing production in the world and was invited by Annecy and Cannes to the event of “Marché du film".
Summary of the story
At a time when the shadow of “Ahriman” fell over the lands, King Jamshid, together with an army of his allies and with the “Divine Virtue” to accompany him, faced the army of Ahriman. With the will of “Yazdan“, Jamshid beat the Ahriman’s army. He sits on the throne and proud of his conquest he acclaims that his victory is that of God. He calls on his allies to conquer the lands of the Ahriman and to hunt them down. However, Yazdan forsakes him and thus takes away his glory. Alone, Jamshid falls prey to greed and an insatiable madness. He leaves his daughter “Shahrzad” and bids the Council of Ministers that Mardas, the ally of the southern lands, sit on his throne in his absence. The following day, Jamshid, together with an army of his finest soldiers, sets out for the northern lands to hunt down Ahriman. He never returns. Mardas dies and according to the command of the Council, Madras’s only son, Zahhak, is to take over Jamshid’s throne on behalf of his father. Alas, Zahhak’s very presence is pregnant with darkness. This darkness falls over the city and Jamkard is thrust into gloom and terror. Yet, once more with the passage of time an infant is born to a family of farmers in the heart of Jamkard who is named Fereydun…
The graphic novels
Beginning with two double volume series Jamshid: Dawn and Jamshid: Fall, the tale and mythos of The Book of Kings is told through the story of the greatest kings of Persia and serves as the prologue and introduction into the ancient world of Iran and Ferdowsi’s epic masterpiece Shahnameh.
Many of the tales in The Book of Kings are epic morality tales of Gods and Heroes not unlike classic Greek mythology, Norse Mythology, Shinto, Celtic mythology, and even The Bible and, serves as the basis of cultural identity and a showcase for the historical literature of ancient Iran.
The epic masterpiece itself is a treasure trove of drama and conflict consisting of sixty thousand verses, and paints an exquisitely rich tapestry of Gods and Heroes and Villains and Devils that, ultimately are deeply universal stories which continue to resonate even today, a thousand years later. These tales and characters can be compared to characters and stories in modern entertainment such as Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, and even Star Wars.
Jamshid’s journey as king was filled with victory, sacrifice, avarice, vainglory, and selfishness which was ultimately his downfall and was killed by the upstart, insidious Zahak. The graphic novels begin with Jamshid’s tale and the feature animated film The Last Fiction begins as Zahak is replacing him on the throne and taking over the kingdom of Jamkard.
Hoorakhsh Studios chose Jamshid’s tale to depict in graphic novel form as it is rich in story and serves as the foundation and origin story for the film The Last Fiction and for the entire Shahnameh itself. The first edition Jamshid: Dawn was published in 2016 and is a free interpretation of his origin story in The Book of Kings, and the second volume Jamshid: Fall, depicts the time of his decadence and down fall which will be published in 2017, just ahead of the release of the film.
Fourteen volumes depicting the epic battles, kingdoms won and lost, loves & alliances, and good versus evil that is all incorporated in The Book of Kings is planned by Hoorakhsh Studios. The studio plan to create a franchise around the stories and characters from The Book of Kings to share with the world.
- Parviz Parastui as Tahmuras and Arshia,
- Hasan Pourshirazi as Jamshid and Mardas,
- Hamed Behdad as Zahhak,
- Ashkan Khatibi as Fereydun,
- Baran Kosari as Mandana,
- Bita Farrahi as The Voice,
- Shaghayegh Farahani as Faranak,
- melaka sharifinia as Ermile and Garmail's Mother,
- Zahir Yari as Abtin,
- Farrokh Nemati as Shahrasb,
- Banipal Shoomoon as Rouzbeh,
- Majid Mozaffari as Baraman,
- Akbar Zanjanpour as Kāve,
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