(Persia Digest) – “The last fiction” is an animated Iranian fiction written and directed by Ashkan Rahgozar. It narrates the story of the villainous Zahhak and will be screened in 32 countries.

The feature animation has already received nine national and international awards. It will go on the silver screen in countries such as the US, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Greece, and Norway.

The global screening of “The last fiction” will begin on 1 September in Sweden, Finland, and Norway and will continue in Russia, Armenia, Republic of Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, the Baltics (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia), Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, South Ossetia, and Moldova as from 1 October.

It will also go on screen in the US on 27 September. The animation will be available on VOD from 1 October in Spain and 13 southeastern European countries including Greece, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, northern Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia.

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“The last fiction” is a free take of the Shahnameh story on Zahhak, Kaveh the Blacksmith, and Fereidoun.

Persia Digest (PD) reports that Zahhak is a legendary Iranian king in the epic Shahnameh Book of Kings written by the great Persian poet Ferdowsi between c. 977 and 1010 CE. Zahhak ascends to the throne after killing his father and the devil Iblis becomes his right-hand man. He kisses Zahhak’s two shoulders following which two serpents grow in the place of the kisses. They twist and turn around Zahhak’s head and to calm them down Iblis prescribes that the serpents must eat the brains of two young men every day to keep them harmless. 800 years pass as thus until a blacksmith called Kaveh leads a popular uprising against Zahhak in which the king is defeated by the hero Fereidoun.

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