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USA: Sony Pictures Classics
UK: Optimum Releasing
UK DVD: Optimum Home Entertainment
Cast: Tannishta Chatterjee, Satish Kaushik, Christopher Simpson, Lana Rahman, Naeema Begum, Lalita Ahmed, Harvey Virdi, Zafreen, Bernard Holley, Harsh Nayyar
Director: Sarah Gavron
USA & UK: 102 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for some sexuality and brief strong language
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language
USA Release Date: 20 June 2008 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 16 November 2007
UK DVD Release Date: 10 March 2008
Adapted from Monica Ali's award-winning, best-selling novel of the same name, BRICK LANE is the story of a beautiful young 17 year-old Bangladeshi woman, Nazneen (Tannishta Chatterjee), who arrives in 1980's London from her Bangladeshi village home, where she leaves behind her beloved sister, for an arranged marriage and a new life.
Within the four walls of her flat in East London and in a loveless marriage to the middle aged Chanu Ahmed (Satish Kaushik), Nazneen struggles to accept her lot, but she is soon forced to confront life the day that a hot headed, young, local man, Karim (Christopher Simpson), comes knocking at the door. Against a background of escalating racial tension, they embark on an affair that finally forces Nazneen to take control of her life.
A truly contemporary story of love, of cultural difference, and ultimately, the strength of the human spirit, BRICK LANE was a Winner of the London Film Festival's UK New Film Talent Award for debuting director Sarah Gavron.