Coin: Indie financing for this Par Vantage release came from Sidney Kimmel Ent. and Participant Prods. (DreamWorks was studio.)
Buzz: Based on Khaled Hosseini’s bestseller, featuring a mainly non-pro cast, pic is going down well in guild screenings and could be poised to grab a picture nod, among other major kudo categories. Helmer Marc Forster, admired for his work on “Monster’s Ball” and “Finding Neverland,” might finally see his first helming nod. Scribe David Benioff could also contend.