Awardwinning Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf's has been prevented from shootinghis latest film, Amnesia, by the country's Ministry of Culture andIslamic Guidance.

The scriptreflects two decades of pain and sufferings of the Iranian people and artists,and according to financier Wild Bunch, took Makhmalbaf years to write.

It wasfinally completed last autumn when he was admitted to hospital in Tehran withheart problems.

The film,backed by Wild Bunch and Bac Films, was due to begin shooting this spring inTehran.

Makhmalbaf'sA Time for Love and The Nights Of Zayandehrud are still bannedfrom showing in Iran after 13 years.