A dramatic thriller about Diana, a suburban wife and mother who begins to question her seemingly perfect life—and perhaps her sanity—on the 15th anniversary of a tragic high school shooting. In flashbacks, Diana is a vibrant high schooler who, with her shy best friend Maureen, plot typical teenage strategies—cutting class,fantasizing about boys—and vow to leave their sleepy suburb at the first opportunity. The older Diana, however, is haunted by the increasingly strained relationship she had with Maureen as day of the school shooting approached. These memories disrupt the idyllic life she’s now leading with her professor husband Paul and their young daughter Emma. As older Diana’s life begins to unravel and younger Diana gets closer and closer to the fatal day, a deeper mystery slowly unravels. —IMDb
Vadim Perelman (Ukrainian: Вадим Перельман; born 1963) is a Ukrainian-Canadian/American film director. Perelman made his feature film directorial debut in 2003 with House of Sand and Fog, following a successful career as a commercial director. The film, nominated for three Academy Awards, also marks his first screenplay credit. Perelman was drawn to the story, having been shaped by his own immigrant experience.
Early life and work
Born in Kiev, then part of the Ukrainian SSR of the Soviet Union (now in Ukraine), Perelman was an only child who lived with his extended Jewish family in a communal flat. When he was only nine years old, his father was killed in a car accident. Five years later, Perelman and his mother were granted permission to leave Kiev and arrived in Western Europe. They lived in Vienna for two months then moved to Rome, where they lived in extreme poverty.
Remembering that period, Perelman likens himself to the kids in Luis Buñuel’s Los Olvidados… read more