Barmak started filming last month in his homeland for his second feature, titled Opium War. Korean company Cineclick Asia is handling sales, and a little snooping around on their site led me to their Cannes sales flyer (PDF), where the following plot details were revealed. Two American soldiers -- a white officer and a black soldier -- must fend for themselves in the Afghanistan desert after their helicopter crashes. The military men are at odds to begin with, as the wounded officer must hold a gun on the soldier to keep him from running away. Things change when they come across an opium field and partake of the pleasures of the poppies. Then they discover an Afghan family living inside a Russian armored personnel carrier, and who knows what happens from there. The quality of sophomore films are extremely tricky to predict, but Osama was so strong that I'm eager to see what Barmak makes of the intriguing premise; I'm hoping for another potent, emotionally-involving drama. Opium War is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2008.
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