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Russian filmmaker Vadim Perelman makes his feature-film debut with the psychological drama House of Sand and Fog, based on the novel by Andre Dubus III. Ben Kingsley plays Massoud Amir Behrani, an Iranian immigrant living the United States. Even though he was a high-ranking official in Iran, he works several menial jobs in order to provide his wife, Nadi (Shohreh Aghdashloo), and his son, Esmail (Jonathan Ahdout), with an apartment in California. He buys a California bungalow, thinking he can fix it up, sell it again, and make enough money to send Esmail to college. However, the house is the legal property of former drug addict Kathy (Jennifer Connelly). After losing the house in an unfair legal dispute with the county, she is left with nowhere to go. Wanting her house back, she hires a lawyer (Frances Fisher) and befriends a police officer (Ron Eldard). Neither Kathy nor Behrani have broken the law, so they find themselves involved in a difficult moral dilemma. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

  • Release date:December 19, 2003

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences James Horner Best Score 2003 Nominee
National Board of Review Vadim Perelman Best Directorial Debut 2003 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association Vadim Perelman Most Promising Filmmaker 2003 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Vadim Perelman Best First Feature 2003 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Ben Kingsley Best Actor 2003 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ben Kingsley Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 2003 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ben Kingsley Best Actor 2003 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Ben Kingsley Best Actor 2003 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Ben Kingsley Best Actor 2003 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Shohreh Aghdashloo Best Supporting Actress 2003 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Shohreh Aghdashloo Best Supporting Actress (Runner-up) 2003 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Shohreh Aghdashloo Best Supporting Actress 2003 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Shohreh Aghdashloo Best Supporting Actress 2003 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Shohreh Aghdashloo Best Supporting Actress 2003 Nominee

Cast

Jennifer Connelly
as Kathy Nicolo
Ben Kingsley
as Massoud Amir Behrani
Ron Eldard
as Lester Burdon
Shohreh Aghdashloo
as Nadi Behrani
Jonathan Ahdout
as Esmail Behrani
Frances Fisher
as Connie Walsh
Kim Dickens
as Carol Burdon
Navi Rawat
as Soraya Behrani
Carlos Gomez
as Lt. Alvarez
Ken Kerman

Crew

Vadim Perelman
Director
Vadim Perelman
Producer
Michael London
Producer
Vadim Perelman
Screenwriter
Shawn Otto
Screenwriter
Roger Deakins
Cinematographer
James Horner
Composer (Music Score)
Lisa Churgin
Editor
Maia Javan
Production Designer
Drew Boughton
Art Director
Jeremiah Samuels
Co-producer
Shawn Otto
Co-producer
Chris Soldo
Associate Producer
Gary Diamond
Set Designer
Gene Serdena
Set Designer
Hala Bahmet
Costume Designer
William B. Kaplan
Sound/Sound Designer
Chris Soldo
First Assistant Director
Deborah Aquila
Casting
Tricia Wood
Casting
Skip Lievsay
Supervising Sound Editor
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