Source: Iran Times
Amir Naderi at Venice (photo by Mansour Nasiri)
The film, one of 21 shown in competition at the 65th annual festival, did not win an award, however. It stars Mark Greenfield, Naderi, Zach Thomas, Walter Turner and Nancy La Scala.
Naderi, who was born in Abadan in 1946, has been living in the United States for the past 20 years and has been making films in the U.S. since 1993, including, "Sound Barrier," "Marathon," "Manhattan by Numbers" and "The Runner,"
"Vegas: Based on a True Story," tells the tale of people who become so obsessed with the prospect of quick money that they destroy all the good things in life they have worked hard for.
The film is set on a shabby patch of desert on the edge of town, where the blue collar Parker family lives in a humble home. The neighborhood's fixtures include a modern church with a JESUS billboard and a non-descript gambling den that sells cigarettes and beer.
The husband, Eddie, played by Mark Greenfield, and his wife Tracy, played by Nancy La Scala, are reformed gamblers who barely scrape by on two jobs. Their 12-year-old son Mitch, played by Zach Thomas, prefers to hang out in a beat-up camper. The fragile family is symbolically anchored to the ground by Tracy's tiny lawn-over which she obsesses-with its carefully tended flowers.
But one day, the family is visited by a mysterious stranger named Brian who identifies himself as an Iraq veteran. Brian offers the family a large amount of money for their house, later confessing he believes a buried treasure worth $1 million lies under the garden in the form of a suitcase containing the spoils of a famous bank robbery.
Within days, the whole family is anxious to find the alleged treasure and begins digging holes and finally bull-dozing the yard at the hope of a quick fortune. The family refuses to listen to reason while the viewer sees their home and happiness disintegrate before them.
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