Source: Tehran Times
Los Angeles-based distributor Fantastic Films International (FFI) has received the franchise to distribute the Iranian animation "Battle of the Kings: Rostam and Sohrab" in about 100 countries.
The animation will probably be premiered in Russian theaters first and will continue in other countries including Brazil, China, India, Japan, France, Italy, Germany and a lot more, producer Dariush Dalvand told the Persian service of Fars News Agency on Friday.
The deal was made at the 2012 Cannes Film Market in May with FFI, which is a company involved in the financing, production and worldwide sales of feature films and animations, Dalvand said.
Produced in both Persian and English languages, the animation has been produced with the collaboration of a team of 100 members within five and a half years, Dalvand added.
The storyline is driven from Ferdowsi's masterpiece, Shahnameh, telling the heartrending story, in which Rustam kills Sohrab without knowing that he is his son.
Dalvand also said that he prefers that the animation will premiere in Iranian theaters beginning with the Id al-Fitr, the celebration marking the end of the month of Ramadan in August.
The 93-minute animation is a joint production of Iran's Experimental and Documentary Film Center (EDFC) and the Arya Animation Studio run by Dalvand brothers.
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