Iranian censors say forget ‘Amnesia’

Ministry of Islamic Guidance refuses to issue permit for script

LONDON –The Iranian government has blocked helmer Mohsen Makhmalbaf from shooting his latest film, “Amnesia.”

The script, intended to reflect “two decades of pain and suffering by the Iranian people and artists,” was refused a permit Tuesday by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.

The film was due to start shooting imminently in Tehran, with French sales company Wild Bunch and distrib Bac Films financing the project.

It’s been four years since Makhmalbaf shot his last movie, “Kandahar.” His early pics “A Time for Love” and “The Nights of Zayandehrud” are still banned from screening in Iran after 13 years.

“It seems that the new censorship strategy intends to push Iranian artists to migrate from the country,” said Makhmalbaf in a statement.

“In addition, during recent years the productions of Mohsen Makhmalbaf and Makhmalbaf Film House have faced the problem of improper screening, a kind of implied censorship,” he added.

“Many of these films are either prevented from showing, or in a pretentious maneuver are shown in a couple of theaters for a short time and disappear before anyone finds out about the showings.”