UNDER THE APPLE BOX

By Ellie FOX

HORIZON MOTION PICTURES - as SALES All rights, World

Romance - Completed 2012

From a small town in Iran, a young Leila rises up to teach her world about acceptance and rekindles a lost love along the way.

    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Romance, Thriller
    • Countries
    • CANADA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 80 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Ellie FOX
    • Writer(s)
    • Ellie FOX
    • Producer(s)
    • Kimberley WAKEFIELD
    • Synopsis
    • At a traditional “Rozeh”, or women’s gathering, in Iran in 1983, nine year old Leila (Jane Lowery) has discovered a talent for taking pictures. Her revealing glimpses of the hidden female mysteries find a ready market with local photographer, Amir, who sells Leila’s photos and holds private screenings to show her forbidden pictures to eager boys.
      Orphaned as an infant, Leila was left in a basket under an apple box in a grocery store, to be raised by the loving Nanah (Elaine Rathey), the shopkeeper and a revered local storyteller. Leila's main goal is to save up enough money for Nanah's knee operation.
      As a teenager, Leila (Lorena Griffiths) meets a rich Australian boy named Danny (Mike Clemente). They fall in love and Danny visits her every summer. However, the Revolution forces Danny and his family to leave Iran, leaving Leila devastated. Life takes a shattering turn when Leila's step-brother attempts to rape her but is caught in the act by Nanah, who inadvertently kills him. The subsequent trial is a foregone conclusion as both Leila and Nanah are sentenced to death. They manage to raise enough money for Leila to flee the country but tragically, she is forced to leave her beloved Naneh behind.
      Having escaped to Vancouver, Canada, the adult Leila (Tammy Gillis) becomes a very successful photographer and writer but is forever haunted by her dark past. One day she hears some disturbing news and her lost love Danny (Gilles Tanguay) comes to find her, forcing her to revisit her tragic past and to come to terms with its legacy at last.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Sep 01, 2011
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