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GIFFONI FILM FESTIVAL 1990 - 28 July.5 August

Sections & Films


Category: Edition 1990

Zalo & Simorgh is an epic from shahnameh. Zal is an albino new-born child. Sam as his father (The King) who has never seen an albino child, gets worried and his fear of gossip of people flares his angle and he ordered that the new-born be left under the Alborz Mountain. Simorgh the mythical bird finding the naked and hungry baby and takes little Zal to its nest and looks after him until one day …

Original Title Zal o Simorgh
Italian Title Zal e Simorgh
Category Out of competition
Section Iran Cartoons
Tipology Animation, Short Film
Duration 26'
Production Year 1977
Nationality Iran
Directed by Ali Akbar Sadeghi

 regista ali akbar sadeghiALI AKBAR SADEGHI

Ali Akbar Sadeghi (born 1937) a graduate of the College of Art, University of Tehran, is one of the most prolific and successful Iranian painters and artists.
The lyrical, heroic world of legends is an indispensable part of Ali Akbar Sadeghi’s worldview, a world whose figurative representations sometimes appear in old miniature paintings or more popular forms of art, including coffeehouse painting, reverse painting on glass, imprints on wood and paper, and stunning images in lithographed books.
He began to teach painting in high school in the 1950s, before entering the university in 1958. His early works were with watercolor, but as of 1959, soon after entering college, he began oil painting and drawing. He initiated a particular style in Persian painting, influenced by Coffee House painting, iconography, and traditional Iranian portrait painting, following the Qajar tradition – a mixture of a kind of surrealism, influenced by the art of stained glass. He did his early works in graphics and illustration. He is among the first individuals involved in the Center for the Intellectual Development of Children and the Youth, and was among the founders of the Film Animation department of this institute.
Aside from illustration, he has published number of books for the Center for the Development of Children and the Youth, and has made seven films by using his style in painting.
Films produced by Sadeghi have won more than 15 awards at International Film Festivals. Also, for his book illustrations he has won four international awards.
After the Iranian Revolution, Sadeghi seriously pursued painting. In 1989 he founded Sabz Gallery, which was actively and continuously exhibiting the works of Iranian painters until.
In total, he has participated in over 50 individual and group exhibitions, over 7 volumes of books of the collection of his works have been published, and he has been a member of jury panels in over 10 international biennial exhibitions.
His style is a Persian surrealism, based on Iranian forms and compositions of traditional paintings, the use of Iranian iconography, and the use of Persian cultural motifs, signs and myths, full of movement and action, in prominent and genuine oil colors, in large frames, very personal, reminiscent of epic traditional Persian paintings and illustrations.