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DreamWorks Opens <I>House</I>

29 Jan, 2004 By: Brendan Howard

As far as award nominations go, House of Sand and Fog, streeting from DreamWorks Home Entertainment March 30, is built on a pretty solid foundation.

The drama, which is the first effort by director Vadim Perelman, scored Oscar nominations for best actor (Ben Kingsley), best supporting actress (Shohreh Aghdashloo) and best original score. Kingsley was also nominated for a Golden Globe for best actor in a drama, but he didn't win.

“We're fortunate to have the Golden Globe and Academy nominations,” said Kelly Sooter, head of domestic home video for DreamWorks Home Entertainment. “For the video industry, it's great to be able to put movies out like this at the height of their awareness.”

The ‘R'-rated film has made $10.2 million in theaters. It prebooks Feb. 24 at $19.95 (MAP) for DVD, and March 9 for rental-priced VHS.

The DVD will include film commentary by Perelman, Kingsley and Andre Dubus III, the author of the book on which the movie is based. Other extras will be deleted scenes with commentary, Aghdashloo's audition tape, a behind-the-scenes featurette, interviews with the cast and crew, and more.

Commenting on Aghdashloo's audition tape, Sooter said, “She was a successful acting and stage talent in her country [Iran,] and when she moved here, it was all about starting over. In her audition tape, she says she kept getting cast as the villainous Iranian woman, but she didn't do them. She knew there'd be better parts out there. I'm so impressed by her.”

In House of Sand and Fog, Aghdashloo plays the wife to Kingsley's character, who is a recent immigrant to the United States and who buys a house at an auction only to eventually end up in a personal battle over the home with the house's former owner (Jennifer Connelly).

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