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Documentary on Zarrinkelk

Documentary on Zarrinkelk
Documentary on Zarrinkelk

A documentary ‘My Empty House’, was screened on Thursday at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, during the 8th Fajr International Festival of Visual Arts.

Directed by Reza Mehranfar, it is a biography of Noureddin Zarrinkelk, known as the father of animation in Iran, ISNA reported.

Poet and writer Javad Mojabi, cineaste Mohammad Hassan Pezeshk, cinema actor and critic Omid Rouhani, and veteran film producer Fereshteh Taerpour have made speeches on Zarrinkelk in the documentary.

Edited by Mohsen Kordestani and narrated by Houtan Shakiba, it took the production group one year to complete.

The art of modern-day animation in Iran started in the 1950s and is attributed largely to Zarrinkelk. He was instrumental in founding the Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (IIDCYA) in Tehran in collaboration with the father of Iranian graphics, the late Morteza Momayez, and other fellow artists like Farshid Mesghali, Ali Akbar Sadeghi and Arapik Baghdasarian.

Zarrinkelk, 79, is a renowned animator, concept artist, editor, graphic designer, illustrator, layout artist, photographer, scriptwriter and sculptor.

He studied pharmacy at Tehran University and animation films at the Belgium Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Raoul Servais) from 1969 till 1972.

He founded the first school of animation in Iran, which later merged with the prestigious Faculty of Fine Arts of Tehran University. Zarrinkelk continued as professor of animation and graphic arts well past his retirement age.

Since 1971, he has been on the jury of various international animation festivals and illustration biennials. Zarrinkelk was elected as the president of ASIFA (Association International du Film d’Animation) by his peers in 2003.

The documentary section of the festival which opened on February 15 concluded Friday.