Zeya an actor of Two - Legged Horse . film by Samira Makhmalbaf.

by Basirseerat June. 04, 2008 14477 views

May 20, 2007 Samira Makhmalbaf's latest feature “Two-Legged Horse” is back on track, with production set to resume on the film “quickly,” the director and her filmmaker father, Mohsen, who wrote the script, said Friday. The Makhmalbafs showed a short documentary showing the explosion to international press at a conference here in Cannes featuring the hand bomb, which exploded into 80 pieces, each piece like a bullet shooting into the crowd. Shooting for the Makhmalbafs' film, produced by their family company the Makhmalbaf Film House and Wild Bunch, was banned by the Iranian government, so the production decided to film in Afghanistan.

Director Samira Makmalbaf and her father Mohsen gave a Press Conference in Cannes late Friday afternoon to discuss the future of their next film, ‘Two -Legged Horse.’ Production for the film, Samira's first in five years, was stopped suddenly after March 28 of this year when a deliberate bomb attack occurred on set in Afghanistan.
Fifteen percent of the footage is done, but it is unknown when the shooting will recommence, one reason being that people who were involved in production are now hesitant to contribute after this attack -that injured six people and killed one horse. If it weren't for the horse many others would have died, perhaps a presence of twist of fate. ‘I wished for the horse to die sooner rather than later and it did, it died right away,’ Samira said.
The attack, a bomb thrown from the rooftop of a nearby building by someone who made it into the production area as an extra, was believed to be a deliberate attack on the Makhmalbaf family. Although cameras were rolling at the time the bomb was thrown, the criminal is still unknown.
One reason the shooting was taking place in Afghanistan and not in Iran, the Makhmalbafs' home country, is that Iran refused to let the Makhmalbaf Family shoot there. ‘I try to make a film there, and they said OK your script is beautiful but we have problems with your family,’ Samira said, softspoken though impassioned. Although Samira wants to make films in Iran, her father disagrees. ‘My father says I belong to cinema now, but I still feel like I belong to my homeland,’ she explained. ‘ I don’t know, maybe he is my future and maybe I am his past.'
For safety, the Makhmalbafs would rather not say where or when the shooting will eventually recommence, although, the shooting must go on soon. ‘We have to do it fast because there are small children acting who will grow and change,’ said Mohsen, occasionally pausing to check with his daughter for the right english words as he spoke.
While watching the father daughter team speak, one thing was clear: the film will be impressive. Samira, whose father sent her the script, had a very strong attraction to it. ‘I tried to finish it and had to stop reading because it was so hard and then I thought, maybe it’s so real in my mind that I can't face it,' Samira said, dark eyes vivid and words clear. ‘I felt a lot of faith, a lot of love about this script, and then I thought; maybe I came to cinema to make this movie.’ Samira also spoke about her interpretation of the script. ‘The soul of this movie was so strange, I was so prepared for it. I asked the soul of the movie ’do you want to be born or not?' Really it was like this,' she assured the 20 or so journalists in the audience. ‘And if I decided I didn’t want it to be born, it wanted to.'

Despite the dangerous and serious attack, production will indeed continue, and, both spoke with passion about why. ‘I feel like we are suffering a lot from life, and I think cinema can change the way we think,’ Samira said slowly with a driven, compassionate look on her face. ‘Life is so empty and we fill it with things and film is the only thing I have to fill it with,’ she added.
Mohsen added a more global point of view. ‘In Afghanistan so many people are dead from wars. Ten percent of one nation is dead. Things are very different there than here, you will see that people are moving by donkey and by horse; education is weak, there are a lot of poor people,’ Mohsen said ,creating a visual that strongly clashed that of the press conference, which took place in the sunny poolside garden of Residence All Suites in Cannes. 'I thought I can do something for my heart and for my friends without a debt; when I came out from prison I decided to make art, to change the minds of my nation.

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Arie 11 years, 1 month ago

well... great shot anyways

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Miles 11 years, 2 months ago

very nice colours, i like 6the most

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Samin Emrani 11 years, 2 months ago

great set

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Yessika 11 years, 2 months ago

Waooooooo is great

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Saeedeh 11 years, 2 months ago

very nice shots.. really thanks.. i love all of them

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Sojourner 11 years, 2 months ago

so, who's in the picture? the actor or the director?
he's kinda hot! ;))

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Neda 11 years, 2 months ago

great shots!!
i like his figure's in pics # 4 & 7..
thanx 4 sharing..

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Munawwir Khan Yusoff Khan 11 years, 2 months ago

Great set.

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Vivian J. 11 years, 2 months ago

great shots...and what do you mean by feltaring?

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Benjamin Beaumont 11 years, 2 months ago

not good to smoke:) nice shots!!!

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Basirseerat 11 years, 2 months ago

Dear all friends
my blog also is also feltaring by Photoblog,
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to day i was chat with my love , the gril from poland by the name of Dorota ,
all my masiige has been damaged , alos i can not go to see Dorota's photoblog.

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Nasser Golahmar 11 years, 2 months ago

nice set!

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Nasser Golahmar 11 years, 2 months ago

nice set!

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Jet28 11 years, 2 months ago

Great portraits!

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Jody Moore 11 years, 2 months ago

The face says it all....great shots!

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Jennye 11 years, 2 months ago

Great portraits!! ...looking forward to the film!

11 years, 2 months ago Edited
Thomaschu 11 years, 2 months ago

Nice portrait

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Sophie 11 years, 2 months ago

Jeez, wonderful portraits!

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