Magazine article Screen International

Makhmalbaf to Shoot First English-Language Feature

Magazine article Screen International

Makhmalbaf to Shoot First English-Language Feature

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EXCLUSIVE: F&ME to produce The President, set to shoot in Georgia in early 2014.

Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) will produce Award-winning Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf's first English-language feature.

The President will shoot in Georgia in early 2014, marking Makhmalbaf's first fiction feature since The Man Who Came with the Snow in 2009.

The story is set in a fictional Caucasus country and is about a dictator whose regime is brought down by a coup d'etat. He and his young grandson have to travel across the country disguised as street musicians, and he gets to know the ordinary people he ruled in a new light.

"After the Arab Spring, a number of dictators fell: Ben Ali, Mubarak, Gadhaffi," said writer/director Makhmalbaf, "but statistics show that there are over 40 dictators of this kind still in power.

"In the course of the Arab Spring and in the search for democracy, we have witnessed a lot of violence wither by the attack of foreign countries (as in the case of Libya where tens of thousands of people were killed) or as the result of internal conflicts where one hundred thousand people have been killed and millions injured and become refugees.

"As the result of all this violence, the road to democracy appears more and more difficult for these countries. …

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