Ambrosia is a Canadian film directed by Iranian woman Baharak Saeid Monir in Vancouver. It stars Sahar Biniaz (Miss Universe Canada 2012) and Camyar Chai. The film makes its world premiere at Montreal World Film festival in August.
Ambrosia is a story of contemporary relationships, values and choices.
Ambrosia is the story of an Iranian-Canadian couple, Ali and Leila, who dream of an exciting future in Vancouver: Ali owns a pizza shop and thinks of expanding and Leila is an up-and-coming clothing designer. However, their situations change dramatically when Ali's shop is affected by bad economy and Leila is hired to work at a fashion design firm.
A beautiful and talented fashion designer's excitement in landing a dream job is complicated when her new boss takes more than a professional interest in her, which makes her question her own values, threatens her marriage, and forces her to make a life-changing decision.
Screening schedule at Montreal World Film festival:
Saturday Aug 25 7pm Cinema Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin L11
Monday Aug 27 3pm Cinema Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin L11
Tuesday Aug 28 12:20pm Cinema Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin L11
Visit www.ambrosiafilm.com for further information
Cast & Crew Bio
Sahar Biniaz is a sensual Canadian/ Iranian actress, entrepeneur and humanitarian. Born in India and raised in Iran, Biniaz eventually settled in Canada.
Since childhood, Biniaz was determined to succeed as an actor. She took acting lessons at the Academy Of Dramatic Arts, The Actors Foundry and the Lyric school of Acting in Canada, and graduated with honours from the prestigious Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre in Los Angeles. She has also studied with renowned coaches Ivana Chubbuck and Larry Moss, and attended the Shiamak Dance Academy. In addition, she studied Business Entrepreneurship at UBC. Since then, Biniaz has appeared in many TV series and films. Her TV credits include Blade (2006), Painkiller Jane (2007), Under One Roof (2008), Blue Mountain State (2010), with recurring roles in Smallville (2007, 2010) and Sanctuary (2010). Her film credits include: Neal ‘N’ Nikki (2005), Watchmen (2009), The Search for Santa Paws (2010) and Ambrosia (2012). As Biniaz puts it, “Acting has taught me about my own inner emotions and helped me mature as a human being.” As a humanitarian, Biniaz has volunteered at Pattaya orphanage in Bangkok, Thailand, provided support services to the homeless, and traveled around the world to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation.
In 2012, Biniaz was crowned Miss Universe Canada.
Camyar Chai is an Iranian/Canadian actor, writer and director. Born in Iran and raised in London, New York and Vancouver, Chai earned his M.F.A. in theatre at the University of British Columbia. Chai has performed extensively across Canada and the United States.He is a regular contributor to CBC Radio, and is the founding Artistic Director of one of Canada's leading independent theatre companies, Neworld Theatre. He is also a published playwright, and his opera librettos have been produced in Canada and the United States. Chai is a recipient of the UBC Graduate Fellowship, a Ray Michel Award for his direction of The Devil Box Cabaret, two Jessie Richardson Awards for playwriting of The Devil Box Cabaret and Vanun and a Jessie Richardson Award for Acting (with the ensemble of Western Theatre Conspiracy's Mojo).
Chai has appeared in numerous plays including: Adrift on the Nile and The Adventures of Ali and Ali as well as TV series, including: DaVinci’s Inquest, Stargate SG-1, Intelligence, and Masters of Science Fiction. His film credits include Protection (2000), Hejira (2005), Everything’s Gone Green (2006), The Last Mimzy (2007) and Ambrosia (2012).
Writer & Director
Baharak Saeid Monir was born in Tehran in 1971. Her first artistic experience was photography, which she continued into her late teens.
After graduating high school, she studied cinematography, then joined the first private film school in Tehran to study filmmaking. Saeid Monir then started her own company in the late 1980s, producing commercial videos. Saeid Monir’s curiosity landed her in Vancouver in 1995. She studied filmmaking at Simon Fraser University and created films that drew on her personal experience based on the widening political and ideological rift between the West and the Middle East.Saeid Monir earned her BFA in film from Simon Fraser University in 2005 and was the recipient of the SFU Contemporary Arts Award for 2003 and 2004. She recieved a diploma in Entertainment Administration at the University of British Columbia in 2007. She has worked on many films and videos, and has written, directed, and produced several short films. Saeid Monir’s last film, “Hejira” was shown at numerous film festivals around the world. Currently, Saeid Monir is working toward her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Film Production at the University of British Columbia, where she received the UBC Graduate Fellowship in 2009. Ambrosia is her first feature film.
Farhad Saba was born in Tehran, Iran. In 1968, he entered the National Radio & Television University of Tehran (Seda va Sima) to study cinema & television.
After his graduation in 1972, he worked as a camera assistant for national television. He quickly became a cameraman, working on short films, documentaries, Tele-Theatres and TV series. His first cinematic credit as director of photography was the black & white Mir Nassir Ghool-e negoonbakht (1975). He became a full-fledged director of photography in the mid-1980s and shot several internationally-known films such as Where Is The Friend’s Home (1987), Through The Olive Tree (1994) and Willow And Wind (1999), with the legendary writer/director Abbas Kiarostami. Saba’s pioneering work with natural light sources complemented Kiarostami’s penchant for location shooting and minimalist shot compositions.Throughout his career, Saba has worked on over 30 films and 4000 minutes of TV series and documentaries. His works have screened internationally and received numerous nominations (Palme d'Or 1994) and won prestigious awards (Bronze Leopard 1989, Silver Hugo 1994, Golden Seashell 1995, Golden Moon of Valencia 2001, and the Golden Wheel 2001) around the world.
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