'Roses' bred for Mandate and Forster

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Mandate Pictures is reteaming with director Marc Forster for the drama "Land of Roses" (HR 6/29). Forster, who helmed "Stranger Than Fiction" for Mandate, will executive produce "Roses," which he is developing as a potential directing vehicle.

Inspired by the real-life experiences of Kurdish immigrant Ibrahim Parlak in post-Sept. 11 America, the story line follows a suburban mother who, with the support of her fellow outraged townspeople, attempts to exonerate a hardworking Middle Eastern father falsely imprisoned as a terrorist by Homeland Security.
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