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WORLD NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION

VEGAS: BASED ON A TRUE STORY

Directed by Amir Naderi
FEATURE NARRATIVE 101 Minutes North American Premiere
FILM GUIDE VEGAS: BASED ON A TRUE STORY
Eddie Parker, his wife Tracy, and their 12-year-old son Mitch lead blue-collar lives on the outskirts of America's pleasure capital, Las Vegas. Former compulsive gamblers, the couple carefully try to hold on to their 'normal' existence—Eddie works at a used tires shop while Tracy waits tables at a diner and tends to her small desert garden. Despite Tracy's efforts to keep the fragile family life together, when an elusive stranger pretending to be a marine just back from Iraq shows up claiming there's something special about their home, his extravagant offer quickly turns into the family's obsession. The only question is, how deep are they willing to go?

Returning to the Festival, acclaimed director Amir Naderi (Sound Barrier, TFF '05) applies his inimitable cinematic style to Vegas. Even though it takes place away from the glittering strip of luxury mega casinos, the judgment-clouding greed of Sin City is just as pervasive on the desert outskirts of town where the film is set. Made before the current financial crisis materialized for real in our lives and in the news, Vegas can nevertheless be seen as a sort of complex fable about our economic system, the American promise, the current situation, homeownership, Ponzi schemes, greed, easy money, and more.
Drama, Thriller, Comedy
About the Director(s)
Amir Naderi started his international career in Iran in the 1970s with award-winning films such as Waiting and Requiem. In the '80s, he helped focus international attention on Iranian cinema with acclaimed works such as The Runner and Water, Wind, Dust. Based in New York City since the late '80s, Naderi made Manhattan by Numbers (1993), A, B, C... Manhattan (1997), and Marathon (2002). His last feature, Sound Barrier (2005), had its world premiere at the 2005 Festival and won the Roberto Rossellini Critics Prize at the Rome Film Festival.

Film Info
  • Section:
    World Narrative Feature Competition
  • Year:
    2008
  • Length:
    101 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
    USA
  • Premiere:
    North American
Cast & Credits
  • Sound Editor:
    Jamie Canobbio
  • Primary Cast:
    Mark Greenfield, Nancy La Scala, Zach Thomas, Walt Turner, Alexis Hart, Cathy Leach
  • Screenwriters:
    Amir Naderi, Susan Brennan, Bliss Esposito, Charlie Lake Keaton
  • Associate Producers:
    Ram Devineni, Nasser Ghaderi
  • Producers:
    Amir Naderi, Abou Farman
  • Production Manager:
    Brandon Kordic
  • Director of Photography:
    Chris Edwards
  • Director:
    Amir Naderi

Contacts
  • Press Contact
    Abou Farman
    6 Allapartus Circle Ossining, NY 10562
    Phone: 914 432 8964
    boutan@att.net
  • Press Contact
    Abou Farman
    6 Allapartus Circle Ossining, NY 10562
    Phone: 914 432 8964
    boutan@att.net
  • Publicist
    Lauren Schwartz
    Donna Daniels PR
    20 W 22nd Street - Suite 1410 New York, NY 10010
    Phone: 347-254-7054 x103
    lschwartz@ddanielspr.net
  • Publicist
    Lauren Schwartz
    Donna Daniels PR
    20 W 22nd Street - Suite 1410 New York, NY 10010
    Phone: 347-254-7054 x103
    lschwartz@ddanielspr.net

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