The special program was attended by Ebrahim Haghighi, Aydin Aghdashloo, Ebrahim Forouzesh, Mohammad Sarir, Head of Farabi Cinema Foundation Alireza Tabesh, Tehran City Council Member Ahmad Masjed Jamei, Mohamamd Reza Saremi, Reza Kianian, Fatemeh Motamed-Aria, and Houshang Golmakani.
Held in Charsou Cineplex, some of Sadeghi’s animations and illustrations were also screened at the ceremony.
Addressing the ceremony, Aydin Aghdashloo said: Sadeghi has inherited the ancient Iranian art. This happened because of his own passion and mastery in the field. No other Iranian artist can take his place to represent and embody ancient Iranian art and culture, especially the art that goes back to Ferdowsi’s Book of Kings or Shahnameh. No one can take his place.
After receiving the Crystal Simorgh, Akbari thanked Festival Director Seyyed Reza Mirkarimi and colleagues for organzing the special event for him.
The Festival is paying homage to Sadeghi by screening a selection of his works, including Seven Cities (1971), Rook (1971), Flower Storm (1972), Boasting (1973), The Sun King (1975), and Zal & Simorgh (1977), in the Classics Preserved section.