'Horse' cast, crew injured in Iran bombing


PARIS -- Six actors and crew members working on Iranian filmmaker Samira Makhmalbaf's latest project, "Two Legged Horse," were injured this week when a bomb exploded on the film's set in Afghanistan.

Although no group has claimed responsibility for Tuesday's attack, the bomber -- disguised as an extra -- was caught on camera after precipitating the explosion when Makhmalbaf called "Sound, camera, action," according to France's Wild Bunch, which is co-producing the film.

Three people, including the director's assistant, are in critical condition, while the other crew members suffered minor injuries. The incident marks the fifth time an attempt has been made on the lives of the Makhmalbaf family.

Mohsen Makhmalbaf escaped death during the making of "Kandahar" in Iran, near the Afghan border, in 2000, and aggressors tried to abduct Hana Makhmalbaf during the filming of "At Five in the Afternoon" in Kabul in 2002.

ISAF Security forces do not believe that either the Taliban or al-Qaida was involved. "Horse," a Wild Bunch and Makhmalbaf Film House co-production, was written by Mohsen Makhmalbaf and directed by Samira Makhmalbaf, a two-time recipient of the Festival de Cannes' Jury Prize: for "The Blackboard" (2001) and "At Five in the Afternoon" in (2003).

This is the eighth film Wild Bunch has co-produced with the Makhmalbaf family, and its third with Samira Makhmalbaf.

"For the moment, the priority is that the family leave the country and after we bring the rushes to Paris, we'll look at where we can go from there -- if we can film elsewhere, change the script -- but it's hard to say right now," Wild Bunch head Vincent Maraval said.