Two Legged Horse
Asbe Du-Pa Director: Samira Makhmalbaf

The first noteworthy thing about the film shot in Afghanistan is its author, the 31-year-old beautiful and feminine Iranian director Samira Makhmalbaf. Her father Mohsen Makhmalbaf is another famous film director and the scriptwriter for this film. Samira left school already at 15 in order to begin studies at her father's film school. At 18, she became the world's youngest director to be included in the official programme of the Cannes Film Festival.
TWO-LEGGED HORSE is Samira's fourth film. As she was not allowed to shoot the film in Iran, she chose to film it in Afghanistan. During the shoot, the film crew was attacked with explosives and six people suffered serious injuries. Despite all difficulties, Samira did not leave Afghanistan until she had finished the film. It is a heavy and vexing film that shows the real anatomy of violence through the relationship of two boys. A boy who has lost his legs in a mine explosion, son of a rich father, uses the other boy
as a horse who carries the rich boy to school.
Their relationship comprises a truly wide range of emotions, including tenderness and self-sacrifice, but the games children play reach the point where a person is broken and becomes an animal. The main focus of the film is not on the effect of the environment or the state on a person, but rather on how people themselves come to abuse and use one another. The context for the abuse can
range from a totalitarian regime to working relationships between coworkers.

Filipp Kruusvall

Festivals and awards: Toronto (Special Prize of the Jury), Ghent

Programme: Official Competition Programme EurAsia

Country: Iran
Year: 2008
Length: 101
Language: Persian, Uzbek
Producer: Mehrdad Zonnour
Screenplay: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Director: Samira Makhmalbaf
Cinematography: Farzad Jodat
Music: Tolibkhon Shahidi
Editor: Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Cast: Ziya Mirza Mohamad, Haron Ahad, Gol Gotai Karimi, Khojeh Nader

Producer: Makhmalbaf Film House/Wild Bunch

Samira Makhmalbaf

Samira Makhmalbaf (b. 1977, Tehran, Iran) is the daughter of director Mohsen Makhmalbaf. She got her first taste of the cinema when she was eight, playing a
cameo role as a little girl in her father's film "Bicycleran" (1987). After leaving school at 15 she began learning to make films, mostly by watching and assisting her father but also in a film course at a private school. Her first film was "Apple"(1998), which was a hit at many international film festivals. She was also the youngest member of the jury at the Locarno International Film Festival in 1998. TWO-LEGGED HORSE is her fourth feature film.

Sib (The Apple, 1998), Takhté siah (The Blackboard, 2000), Panj é asr (At Five in the Afternoon, 2003), Asbe Du-Pa (Two-Legged Horse, 2008)

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