Juliet & the King Preview

Directed by Ashkan Rahgozar

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Ashkan Rahgozar


Ashkan Rahgozar


Arman Rahgozar


Behnam Jalilian


Zhinoos Pedram


Elahi Amir nima, Hossien Firoozi, Arezoo Pishgahi, Vahid Yeganehmehr


Hoorakhsh studios

Iran 2023 6 mins OV Persian Subtitles : English
Genre ComedyAnimationRomanceMusical

Please note that JULIET & THE KING PREVIEW is only available to passholders and accredited festival participants.

“Nasser-al-Din Shah, the Iranian king, gets an invitation to visit France. He loves Europe and he always takes the chance to visit there. While visiting a Romeo-Juliet play in Paris, the actress catches his eyes. He falls in love with her so deeply that he asks her to perform the same play in Tehran, so he could impress her and win her heart. Julie, the actress, decides to take this chance. With the help of her friend Jamal, she goes to perform in Iran, anticipating progress in her career. But she suddenly finds herself among jealous court ladies, and the center of the king’s attention.

The story describes the Iranians' passion for traveling to Europe in the 19th century, focusing on the cultural relations between Iran and France. This film also illustrates the glory and the progressive acts of the Qajar dynasty.”

An early look at an animated feature project in development from Iran’s Hoorakhsh Studios, led by 2021 Satoshi Kon Award jury member Ashkan Rahgozar.