Iran’s Female Director Shines in San Sebastian Festival

A02582021.jpgTEHRAN (FNA)- The film “Two Legged Horse” directed by the Iranian filmmaker Samira Makhmalbaf was acclaimed by mass media and cine critics in the 56th edition of San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain.

Shot in Afghanistan, the film is competing with other films to receive Golden Shell award during the festival.

The film tells a simple, allegorical tale about a mentally retarded boy who is hired as the professional piggy backer to a spoiled brat who had his feet blown off by a land mine, the Islamic republic news agency reported.

Samira Makhmalbaf, the daughter of acclaimed Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf, has been the winner and award nominee in numerous festivals.

She was nominated twice for Golden Palm of Cannes Film Festival for Panj-e Asr (At Five in the Afternoon) (2003) and Takhte Siah (The Blackboard) (2001).

She won Prix du Jury of Cannes in 2003 and 2001 respectively.

Makhmalbaf also won UNESCO Award of Venice Film Festival in 2002 and Sutherland Trophy of London Film Festival for The Apple in 1998.

In 2003, a panel of critics at the British newspaper “The Guardian” named Makhmalbaf among the best 40 best directors at work today.

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