"Circumstance" @ New Directors/New Films

Alum Reza Sixo Safai has complex leading role in Maryam Keshavarz's debut feature


Iranian-American writer-director Maryam Keshavarz's debut feature "Circumstance," featuring TFT acting alumnus Reza Sixo Safai '96, MFA '99 in a complex leading role, has been selected for the plum closing night slot at the prestigious New Directors/New Films series for 2011. The film will screen April 3 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Safai plays the fundamentalist older brother in a wealthy family who vehemently disapproves of his sister's developing intimate relationship with a female classmate. "Suddenly," according to the production notes, "the two siblings, who were close confidants, are entangled in a triangle of suspense, surveillance and betrayal."

“Together the director and her cast have managed to give the film a sense of complete authenticity,” said The Hollywood Reporter.

“Circumstance” won the coveted Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival in January. The organization Women in Film awarded the film a 2010 Film Finishing Fund grant.