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Cinematical has just received this new, exclusive poster for Cyrus Nowrasteh's The Stoning of Soraya M . Based on a best-selling book by the late French / Iranian journalist Freidoune Sahebjam, the film dramatizes a real-life incident in Iran in which a woman was stoned to death.
Jim Cavieziel (The Passion of the Christ) plays Sahebjam, whose car breaks down in a remote Iranian village in 1986, during the time that Ayatollah Khomeini was in power. Sahebjam is approached by Zahra (Shohreh Aghdashloo, House of Sand and Fog) who tells him of a horror story that began when her niece Soraya (Mozhan Marnò) entered into an arranged marriage with a man who proved to be an abusive tyrant and ended with an innocent woman killed by a hail of stones. Director Nowrasteh co-wrote the screenplay with his wife, Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh, and the filmmakers' intentions are clear from the official synopsis: "The women, stripped of all rights and without recourse, nobly confront the overwhelming desires of corrupt men who use and abuse their authority to condemn Soraya, an innocent but inconvenient wife, to an unjust and torturous death. A shocking and true drama, it exposes the dark power of mob rule, uncivil law, and the utter lack of human rights for women."
The film had its debut last fall at the Toronto International Film Festival and will hit theaters via a platform release, starting on June 26. The poster can be seen in its full, uncut, subtle beauty in the gallery below. More information about the film is available at the official site.