House of Sand and Fog (2003)
March 12, 2004 at 7:00 and 10:00pm in 26-100, and
March 14, 2004 at 7:00pm in 26-100.
Academy Award winners Sir Ben Kingsley (Gandhi) and Jennifer
(A Beautiful Mind) star in the drama House of Sand and Fog,
the acclaimed bestseller by Andre Dubus III. Massoud Amir Behrani (Sir
Ben Kingsley) is living a lie to fulfill a dream. Once a member of the Shah
of Iran's elite inner circle, he has brought his family to America to build
a new life. Despite a pretense of continued affluence, he is barely making
ends meet until he sees his opportunity in the auction of a house being sold
for back taxes. It is a terrible mistake. Through a bureaucratic snafu, the
house had been improperly seized from its rightful owner, Kathy Lazaro
(Jennifer Connelly). The loss of her home tears away Kathy's last hope of a
stable life - a life that had been nearly destroyed by addiction - and Kathy
decides to fight to recover her home ... at any cost. "House of Sand and Fog"
exposes the unsettling truth that it is sometimes our hopes and not our
hatreds that drive us to ruin, in a devastating exploration of the American
Dream gone terribly awry.
The film also stars Ron Eldard (Black Hawk Down) as deputy
Burdon, who tries to take the law into his own hands to help Kathy; major
film star Shohreh Aghdashloo as Behrani's wife, Nadi; and Jonathan Ahdout
(Description from the official site.)
"A smart, moody film that achieves the delicate balance of having us care about all of its characters."
-- Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee. Read this review.
Best Actor (Ben Kingsley)
Best Supporting Actress (Shohreh Aghdashloo)
Best Original Score (James Horner)