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Plot, Details & Awards

House of Sand and Fog

Rated R for some violence/disturbing images, language and a scene of sexuality.

R In Theaters 12/19/2003 , 126min.
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Plot & Details

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.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Score James Horner Nominated
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Ben Kingsley Nominated
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Shohreh Aghdashloo Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Ben Kingsley Nominated

Chicago Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Chicago Film Critics Association Most Promising Filmmaker Vadim Perelman Nominated
2003 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Actor Ben Kingsley Nominated

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Independent Spirit Awards Best Actor Ben Kingsley Nominated
2003 Independent Spirit Awards Best First Feature Vadim Perelman Nominated
2003 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Actress Shohreh Aghdashloo Won

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Shohreh Aghdashloo Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 National Board of Review Best Directorial Debut Vadim Perelman Won
2003 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

National Society of Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 National Society of Film Critics Best Supporting Actress (Runner-up) Shohreh Aghdashloo Won

New York Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 New York Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress Shohreh Aghdashloo Won

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