Vadim Perelman

Director, Editor
As a first-time writer and director, Vadim Perelman has in one stroke created a film that generated a good share of Oscar buzz. With "House of Sand and Fog" (2003), Perelman made a tragic film that revealed the ... Read more »
Born: 11/29/1962 in Soviet Union

Filmography

Producer (2)

The Life Before Her Eyes 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

House of Sand and Fog 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (2)

The Life Before Her Eyes 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

House of Sand and Fog 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

As a first-time writer and director, Vadim Perelman has in one stroke created a film that generated a good share of Oscar buzz. With "House of Sand and Fog" (2003), Perelman made a tragic film that revealed the underbelly of the American Dream through several people struggling with and against each other for their piece of the pie. Starring Ben Kingsley as an Iranian immigrant in search of a better life, and Jennifer Connelly as an alcoholic housemaid who loses her home to Kingsley after a bureaucratic error, "House of Sand and Fog" was an uphill challenge for Perelman to make. Ever crafty and determined, Perelman, who fought over a hundred other interested parties to gain the rights to the best selling novel by Andre Dubus III, managed to get the film into production with little money or studio help. But despite the difficult haul, Perelman told the story that he wanted to tell without interference-a rare thing for even the most seasoned director.

EDUCATION

University of Alberta

Ryerson University

Studied at Ryerson University's School of Image Arts for two years

Milestones

2008

Helmed second feature, the independently financed, "The Life Before Her Eyes"

2003

Directed first feature, the critically acclaimed "The House of Sand and Fog"

Left Europe with mother and moved to Canada

Launched his own Toronto-based production house, called Canned Films

Established himself in Los Angeles as a director of television commercials and music videos

Left Kiev at age 14 for Western Europe, living in Vienna and Rome

Studied film at Ryerson University's prestigious School of Image Arts

Born in 1963 in Kiev, and raised with his immediate and extended family in a communal flat

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