NSB book club to meet July 25 to review ‘House of Sand and Fog’

Hpuse of Sand and Fog / Headline SurferYouTube download / YouTube Movies video / Trailer: House of Sand and Fog, 2003 drama -- Massoud Amir Behrani, an Iranian immigrant, has spent most of his savings trying to enhance his daughter's chances of a good marriage. Once she is married, he spends the remaining funds on a house at an auction, unwittingly putting himself and his family in the middle of a legal tussle with the house's former owner. What begins as a legal struggle turns into a personal confrontation, with tragic results.
 
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NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Members of the NSB Select/Reflect Book Club will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 25, at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library to watch the movie “House of Sand and Fog” and then discuss the novel of the same name by Andre Dubus III.

House of Sand and Fog is a 2003 American drama film directed by Vadim Perelman. The screenplay by Perelman and Shawn Lawrence Otto is based on the novel of the same name by Andre Dubus III.

In the book and the movie, a woman gets evicted from her home for failing to pay a wrongful tax. The house is swiftly put up for auction and bought by a former Iranian colonel. The 2003 film stars Jennifer Connelly as Kathy Nicolo, Ben Kingsley as Col. Massoud Amir Behrani and Shohreh Aghdashloo as Nadereh "Nadi" Behrani. 

In the book and the movie, a woman gets evicted from her home for failing to pay a wrongful tax. The house is swiftly put up for auction and bought by a former Iranian colonel. The 2003 film stars Jennifer Connelly as Kathy Nicolo, Ben Kingsley as Col. Massoud Amir Behrani and Shohreh Aghdashloo as Nadereh "Nadi" Behrani. 

The book club meets monthly in the library’s auditorium. New members are always welcome. For more information, please call 386-424-2910, option 4.

The library is open seven days a week at 1001 S. Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach. It’s open from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Fast Facts: House of Sand and Fog (film) 
• The film began a limited release in the United States on Dec, 19, 2003, and opened at No. 43, grossing $45,572 in its opening weekend. It eventually grossed $13,04 million in North America and $3,9 million  in other territories for a worldwide total of $16.94 million.
• Its budget was $16.5 million.
• The film was nominated for three Academy AwardsBest Actor (Ben Kingsley), Best Supporting Actress (Shohreh Aghdashloo), and Best Original Score (James Horner).
 
 
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