Emotional thriller in motion at premiere

A correction was made to this article on Nov. 11, 2003.

At DreamWorks’ preem of “House of Sand and Fog” at the ArcLight Cinerama Dome on Sunday, a second debut was celebrated — that of tyro director Vadim Perelman. At the Sunset Room pre-screening reception hosted by the studio and AFI, Perelman described his movie as an “emotional thriller. You’re going to get a ride and can’t help but come out of it changed.”

Star Jennifer Connelly backed that assertion, noting that after viewing the movie she went home to husband Paul Bettany “grateful for everything” she had. “The subject matter brings into question who is entitled to the American dream.”

“The film is about the family and how we define family,” said star Ben Kingsley.

Co-star Shohreh Aghdashloo said the pic “is not just about a house; the house is a universal symbol. It’s about man’s quest for a piece of land, but it has so many layers. On another level, it’s about opening the door and trying to get to know each other.”

Among guests getting to know each other were DreamWorks’ Walter Parkes, AFI’s Jean Picker Firstenberg and ICM’s Jeff Berg.

Pic was part of the AFI Festival.

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