The film is based on a story from the Shahnameh, the epic masterpiece of the Persian poet Ferdowsi. It is about Zahak’s treacherous rise to the throne of Jamshid in Persia. The young and naive hero Afaridoun wants 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.

Vocalist Shahram Nazeri has sung the closing credits song in The Last Fiction and members of 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.

As the Earth Turns by Richard H. Lyford from the U.S. won the award for best film, while Days of Madness by Damian Nenadic from Croatia was selected as best documentary.

The award for best short film went to Sac de Merde by Greg Chwerchak from the U.S., and The Eve by Luca Machnich from Italy was honored with the FICCSUR grand prize for best short.

Source: Tehran Times