Farnouosh Abedi’s 11-minute animated piece, made in horror genre, took home the special award of the 18th edition of the Japanese Oscar-qualifying short film festival.
Iranian animated films ‘Crab’ and ‘Am I a Wolf?’ were also among the Iranian winners of the Hiroshima film event, succeeding to bag the Special Jury Award and the Hiroshima Prize, respectively.
‘Malakout’ narrates the story of a piano player who tries to bring his wife back to life but he has to deal with the devil inside him.
“Music was his passion… Love was his masterpiece…” a short synopsis for the animation reads.
The animation is also the recipient of an honorary diploma at the Silk Road Int’l Film Festival in Ireland, the best animation award at the Black Country Horror Shorts Film Festival 2020 in the UK, and two awards at the Florida Animation Festival of the US.
Established in 1985, the Hiroshima Int’l Animation Festival promotes international cross-cultural exchanges through the animation art.
Due to the pandemic, the event was held on August 20-24, 2020 without the presence of the audience but Japanese jury members only.