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Iran: Samira Makhmalbaf's film on Afghanistan confirmed for Cannes

Tehran, April 19, IRNA -- Iranian director Samira Makhmalbaf will present her new feature film "At Five in the Afternoon" at Cannes Film Festival to open in May, the press reported here on Saturday.

The Persian-language newspaper `Toss'e' reported that Makhmalbaf's film which has been shot in Afghanistan has been selected for the competition section of the festival.

"At Five in the Afternoon" features the story of a young Afghan girl who is trying to use the freedom emerging in Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban for her social growth as a woman.

Makhmalbaf, daughter of the renowned director Mohsen Makhmalbaf, first appeared in the Cannes in 1998 at the age of 17 with her first film "The Apple". Later, she won the Jury's Special Prize of the festival in 2000 for her second film "The Blackboard".

Makhmalbaf's films have so far received 13 awards in several other international festivals including London 1998, Locarno 1998, Sao Paolo 1998, Independent Cinema of Argentine in 1998 and 1999, and Italy's Giffoni festival in 2000.

She also directed a section of the 11/9 in cooperation with 10 other international directors which was screened at competition section of Venice Film Festival last year.

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