About “The Last Fiction”
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“: the masterpiece of the great “Abolqasem Ferdowsi“.
The main idea of the recounting of this tale lends a different perspective to the legends and heroes of ancient Iranians who in fact have a universal identity. In 2010, this work was started to produce in a motion picture through the travails of hundreds of artists.
The animated movie of “The Last Fiction” deals in 120 minutes with the narrative of Zahhak (as interpreted by the creators of this work) and covers the events from the end of Jamshid’s reign up to the beginning of Afaridoun’s reign: two influential rulers in the Book of Kings.
In the course of making of the movie, 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 most important annual event in the world of animation). Also, in 2016, this movie was acclaimed as one of the four best animated movies undergoing construction in the world that was invited by Annecy and Cannes to the event of “Marché du film” (Annecy goes to Cannes) to be presented as well.
As for the production of this work, various pages of this narrative will be presented as graphic novels. Further information may be found in related pages.
Summary of the story
At a time when the shadow of “Ahriman” fell over 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 forsaken 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 Afaridoun…