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House of Sand and Fog (2003)

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Coming Out at 19 December 2003 in theaters

Crime, Drama

House of Sand and Fog is drama film directed by Vadim Perelman. The screenplay by Perelman and Shawn Lawrence Otto is based on the novel of the same name by Andre Dubus III.

The story concerns the battle between a young woman and an immigrant Iranian family over the ownership of a house in Northern California, which ultimately leads to the destruction of four lives. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Actor (Ben Kingsley), Best Supporting Actress (Shohreh Aghdashloo), and Best Original Score (James Horner).

Abandoned by her husband, recovering drug addict Kathy Nicolo, living alone in a small house near the San Francisco Bay Area, ignores eviction notices erroneously sent to her for nonpayment of business taxes. Assuming the misunderstanding was cleared up, she is surprised when Sheriff’s Deputy Lester Burdon arrives to forcibly evict her. Telling Kathy that her home is to be auctioned off, Lester feels sympathy for her, helps her move out, and advises her to seek legal assistance to regain her house.

Director: Vadim Perelman

Writers: Andre Dubus III (novel), Vadim Perelman, Shawn Lawrence Otto

Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Ben Kingsley, Ron Eldard, Frances Fisher, Kim Dickens, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Jonathan Ahdout

Cast:

Jennifer ConnellyKathy
Ben KingsleyBehrani
Ron EldardLester
Frances FisherConnie Walsh
Kim DickensCarol Burdon
Shohreh AghdashlooNadi
Jonathan AhdoutEsmail
Navi RawatSoraya
Carlos GómezLt. Alvarez
Kia JamAli
Jaleh ModjallalYasmin
Samira DamavandiLittle Soraya
Matthew SimonianLittle Esmail
Namrata Singh GujralWedding Guest
Nasser FarisWedding Guest
Mark ChaetWedding Guest
Marco RodríguezMendez
Al RodrigoTorez
Aki AleongTran
Joyce KurtzKathy’s Mom
Scott N. StevensCounty Official
Ken KermanLocksmith
Scott KinworthyDeputy Trainee
Tom BenickHotel Security
Samuel HartElevator Man
Jackie AhdoutElevator Woman
Spencer GarrettAuctioneer
Cooper ThorntonGary
Isabelle JamesTeenage Girl
Bonita FriedericyMotel Manager
David CarreraCarpenter
Michael PapajohnCarpenter
Joe HowardAppraiser
Aaron FrazierCourier
Dan BrinkleHusband Buyer
Yan LinWife Buyer
Andre Dubus IIIMyers
Max Jansen WeinsteinNate
Ashley EdnerBethany
Ray AbruzzoFrank
Tom ReynoldsGas Station Worker
Jose VasquezArresting Officer
Matthew WaiteArresting Officer
Pamela ShaddockNurse
Frank GallegosPrison Guard
Karl MakinenOfficer at End
Zoran RadanovichSergei
Markus BaldwinYoung Husband
Brian Reed GarvinFat Man
Dennison SamarooDoctor
Elton AhiWedding Singer
Shani RigsbeeWedding Singer
Andy MadadianWedding Singer
Leslie YeransianBridesmaid

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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