After spending years in California, Amir returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to help his old friend Hassan, whose son is in trouble.

Selected Press

  • “Nuanced perfs and standout production design convey story in cinematic terms, preserving the narrative’s emotional power and historical sweep as it spans continents and decades.”

    – Alissa Simon, Variety

  • “… dramatically and visually sumptuous.”

    – Jonathan F. Richards, Film.com

  • “… [a] boldly told, intelligent, informed and affecting story.”

    – Time Out

  • “… a compelling and uplifting tale that exposes the viewer to an unfamiliar, fascinating culture and a family dynamci that is recognizable and nuanced.”

    – Claudia Puig, USA Today

Festivals and Awards

  • Critics Choice: Best Young Actor (Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada)
  • Christopher Award: Feature Films
  • National Board of Review Award: Top Ten Films
  • Saturn Award: Best Original Score

Award Nominations

  • Academy Awards: Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
  • Golden Globes: Best Foreign Language Film, Best Original Score - Motion Picture
  • BAFTA: Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music, Best Screenplay - Adapted, Best Film Not in the English Language
  • Critics Choice: Best Picture
  • Satellite Award: Best Screenplay, Adapted

Key Cast & Crew

  • Director: Marc Foster
  • Cast: Khalid Abdalia, Atossa Leoni
  • Writer: David Benioff
  • Producers: William Horberg, Walter Parkes, Rebecca Yeldham, E. Bennett Walsh
  • Executive Producers: Sidney Kimmel, Laurie MacDonald, Sam Mendes, Jeff Skoll

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