UK distributor Artificial Eye has picked up Samira Makhmalbaf's Cannes competition film At Five In The Afternoon.

The distributor is waiting until January next year to release the film, understood to be the first foreign film made in Kabul since the toppling of the Taliban regime.

The pick-up renews Artificial Eye's relationship with the young director after the distributor picked up her debut, The Apple, her second film, Blackboards and portmanteau film 11' 09" 01, for which she shot one of the segments.

At Five In The Afternoon tells the story of a people in turmoil struggling to survive amongst the ruins of Kabul.

Wild Bunch is handling overseas sales.