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SEPTEMBERS OF SHIRAZ

The 2015 San Diego Film Festival to run September 30 through October 4, will open with the U.S. premiere of SEPTEMBERS OF SHIRAZ, starring Academy Award winner Adrien Brody and Academy Award nominee Salma Hayek.  Septembers of Shiraz, which World Premieres today at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, is directed by Wayne Blair, and also stars Shohreh Aghdashloo.

Adapted by screenwriter Hanna Weg from Dalia Sofer’s bestselling autobiographical novel, Septembers of Shiraz, the film is Set in post-revolutionary Iran, and centers around a jeweler who is abused and wrongly accused by the Revolutionary Guard for being a spy. It follows his family’s journey after being ripped apart under a harsh and intolerant new regime.

Someone must have slandered Tehran jeweller Isaac Amin (Brody), for one morning, without having done anything wrong, he is arrested. Surrounded by the Kafkaesque anti-logic of post-Revolution Iran, Isaac is accused — apropos of nothing except, perhaps, his affluence and Jewishness — of spying for Israel. He is taken to a secret prison and subjected to agonizing interrogations, while his distraught wife, Farnez (Hayek), is left to make sense of what has happened, to somehow secure Isaac’s release, and to get their family away from this new climate of fear and repression.

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