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Drafthouse acquires ‘Amira & Sam’

Staff Writer
Austin 360

Austin-based Drafthouse Films said Thursday that it has acquired the U.S. distribution right to Sean Mullin’s romantic comedy, “Amira & Sam.”

The movie, which had its world premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival earlier this year, stars Martin Starr (“Silicon Valley”, “Freaks and Geeks”) as Sam, Paul Wesley (“The Vampire Diaries”), and Dina Shihabi as Amira.

It is expected to screen at Forever Fest in Austin this fall.

Drafthouse Films describes the movie this way:

“Sam is an honorable army vet who, while visiting his old unit’s Iraqi translator in New York, meets Amira, the translator’s niece and an illegal immigrant. After Amira has an unfortunate encounter with the police, Sam reluctantly takes her in while she sorts out her immigration status. Their begrudging connection burgeons into an unlikely romance until Amira is threatened with deportation and Sam is forced to make a critical decision.”