Palme d’Or winner Shahab Hosseini lends voice to “Shekarestan” 

March 5, 2019

TEHRAN – Palme d’Or winning actor Shahab Hosseini has lent his voice to the storyteller in the new season of the popular Iranian animated series, “Shekarestan”.

He has replaced actor Morteza Ahamdi who died in 2014. 

The new season is being produced at Tehran’s Saba Art and Cultural Institute, producer Masud Safavi told the Persian service of MNA on Tuesday

He added that the season is composed of 100 episodes, 13 of which will be preparing for broadcast on IRIB Channel 2 during the Noruz holiday in March.

Hosseini is mostly famous for his role in Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman”, which brought him the Palme d’Or for best actor at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016. 

“Shekarestan” features stories inspired by ancient Persian proverbs and anecdotes. 

Veteran actor Ahmadi gave his voice to the storyteller in the previous seasons of “Shekarestan”. He appeared in over 30 films and also voiced many animation characters over his 65-year career. He was famous for his voice of the sly fox that tricks Pinocchio.

Photo: Shahab Hosseini poses during a photocall after accepting the Palme d’Or for best actor for his role in “The Salesman” at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 22, 2016. (Photo by Reuters)

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