Secretary General of Iran’s Ferdowsi Foundation Yasser Movahhedfar announced the news, adding that the Austrian academy offered the suggestion during a ceremony held in Vienna to commemorateShahnameh‘s millennial anniversary.
The foundation has also produced an animation on the epic masterpiece, Movahhedfar said.
“Directed by Shahram Salemi, Nature in Shahnameh will take part in the 2011 edition of Eko Film Festival, which will be held in March next year,” he told Fars News Agency.
“The animation is an innovative work which is based on manuscripts from the Baysonqori Shahnameh,” he added.
The Baysonqori Shahnameh is an illustrated manuscript of Ferdowsi’s masterpiece, which was calligraphed by Maulana Jafar Tabrizi Baysonqori in the Timurid era. The manuscript is registered on UNESCO’s Memory of the World list.
Shahnameh (The Book of Kings) is a classic among epic Persian poetry and recounts Iran’s mythical and historical past. It was written in Persian at a time when Arabic was the main scientific and literary language of Iran.