News ID: 251804
Published: 0232 GMT April 23, 2019

37th FIff awards Iran artist Ali-Akbar Sadeqi

37th FIff awards Iran artist Ali-Akbar Sadeqi

The 37th Fajr International Film Festival (FIff) honored Ali-Akbar Sadeqi, a globally acclaimed painter, animator and illustrator, with a Crystal Simorgh.

Sadeqi was appreciated for more than half a century of artistic creations. Reza Mirkarimi, the head of the film event presented the award to Sadeqi.

The special event was attended by Ebrahim Haqiqi, Aydin Aghdashloo, Ebrahim Forouzesh, Mohammad Sarir, the head of Farabi Cinema Foundation, Alireza Tabesh, Tehran City Council member, Ahmad Masjed-Jamei, Mohamamdreza Saremi, Reza Kianian, Fatemeh Motamed-Aria, and Houshang Golmakani.

The festival paid homage to Sadeqi by screening a selection of his animations and illustrations including ‘Seven Cities,’ ‘Rook,’ ‘Flower Storm,’ ‘Boasting,’ ‘The Sun King,’ and ‘Zal and Simorgh,’ in the Classics Preserved section.

Addressing the ceremony, world-renowned Iranian painter and film critic Aydin Aghdashloo said, “Sadeqi 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 goes back to Ferdowsi’s ‘Book of Kings’ or ‘Shahnameh.’ No one can take his place.”

Among the huge number of awards and nominations that the great artist has gained, perhaps the CIDALC Ghandi Prize for his ‘Boasting,’ which he won from the 1974 Berlin International Film Festival, stands out.

The 37th edition of the festival which kicked off on April 18 is currently underway in Tehran. The event is set to wrap up on April 26.



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