2nd of March 2024   |   News    |       |    154

"The King's Garden": A Romantic and Epic Tale with Pine Needle Leaves

The director of the animation "The King's Garden" (produced by the Center for the Development of Documentary, Experimental, and Animation Cinema) stated: Any attention to animation and efforts to engage the audience create more motivation for artists.

According to the public relations department of the Center for the Development of Documentary, Experimental, and Animation Cinema, Iraj Mohammadi Razini, the director of the short animation "The King's Garden," talked about the screening of the animation said: Any attention to animation and its screening in our society increases motivation for artists. Animation has its specific audience in many countries around the world, and people invest in it. It is good that in Iran, too, we work on the audience and attract more attention to this art.

Razini discussed his presence in the field of animation: I am a graduate in graphic design, and for years I have been actively involved in making short films as a writer, director, and producer. Years ago, after making 10 short narrative films, I decided to create my first cinematic film. On this path, I realized that there are serious challenges and obstacles, obstacles serious enough to keep me confined to my home for two years. During these two years, in seclusion, with a small amount of pine tree leaves and sand, using a simple digital camera, I created my first experimental animation. Fatefully, this independent experimental animation called "And Now, Human" won the Best Animation award at the Tehran Short Film Festival. This marked the serious beginning of my entry into the world of animation, and its name, meaning "And Now, Human," brought me numerous awards.

He explained the technique used in creating this animation: "The King's Garden" was made using stop-motion animation with crushed pine tree leaves, and it took about two years of continuous work. "The King's Garden" has a passionate and romantic theme, and I chose the form based on the visual lines and motifs created by the needle-like leaves. The initial idea was inspired by a childhood memory of my grandfather and the poem "Garden of the Pasha" by the late Kurdish poet Abdullah Goran, where love sacrifices itself for the beloved's satisfaction.

The director of "The King's Garden" continued: This animation is my latest work, and I love it more than my past works. My previous five works are all stop-motion and almost solo projects. The sacrifice of a human being for a lofty goal is the main and inner concern of the work.

Razini talked about the screening of short animations in the artistic and experimental cinema group: Any attention to animation and its screening in our society increases motivation for artists. Animation has its specific audience in many countries around the world, and people invest in it. It is good that in Iran, too, we work on the audience and attracting more attention to this art.

He emphasized that it is better not to limit the screening of short animations to a few festivals and special occasions. Considering that works of animation and short films from this group have been shown in more than 60 reputable national and international festivals, screening for animation enthusiasts in our country, Iran is of particular importance. The best place is where enthusiasts can easily see and enjoy independent and experimental works.

These works, shown in this collection, have participated in various domestic and international festivals and have won prestigious awards. This animation package is suitable for audiences over 12 years old.