House of Sand and Fog

Academy Award® winners Jennifer Connelly ("A Beautiful Mind") and Ben Kingsley ("Gandhi") star in the dramatic thriller "House of Sand and Fog," based on the acclaimed bestseller by Andre Dubus III.

A gripping exploration of the American Dream gone awry, "House of Sand and Fog" is the story of two people driven to desperate measures to claim ownership of a house. It is only a small bungalow in Northern California, but to Kathy Nicolo (Jennifer Connelly), it is the last vestige of hope for reclaiming a life that was nearly lost to addiction. When a bureaucratic error forces her eviction, Kathy is left homeless—helpless to stop the house from being sold at auction for a fraction of its worth.

The new owner, Massoud Amir Behrani (Ben Kingsley), sees the house as the fulfillment of the American Dream he has been pursuing since he fled Iran with his family years earlier. A former Colonel in the Iranian Air Force, Behrani has been reduced to working menial jobs to maintain a pretense of affluence. Now he pours the last of his life savings into the purchase of the house that will, at last, bring back the prosperity his family once knew.

As Kathy and Behrani’s fight for the house escalates, Kathy finds an unlikely ally in the officer sent to evict her, Deputy Sheriff Lester Burdon (Ron Eldard), who becomes dangerously devoted to her cause. Caught in the maelstrom are Behrani’s wife, Nadi (Shohreh Aghdashloo), and son, Esmail (Jonathan Ahdout).

What begins as a conflict over a small, rundown bungalow spirals into a clash of cultures that propels everyone involved towards an inescapable, and ultimately heartbreaking, climax. "House of Sand and Fog" exposes the unsettling truth that it is sometimes our hopes and not our hatreds that divide us.

The film also stars Ron Eldard ("Black Hawk Down"), major Iranian film star Shohreh Aghdashloo, newcomer Jonathan Ahdout, and Frances Fisher ("Titanic") as Kathy’s attorney who tries to help her reclaim her home.

"House of Sand and Fog" marks the feature film directorial debut of Vadim Perelman. Perelman and Shawn Lawrence Otto adapted the screenplay from the bestseller by Andre Dubus III, which was an Oprah Book Club selection. Michael London and Vadim Perelman produced the film, which is presented by DreamWorks Pictures, in association with Cobalt Media Group.

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