One of my top five picks of this years Sundance film festival (read review) and the winner of the 2011 Sundance Audience Award, Circumstance is finally working its way into theaters.

The film has a unique look at at the normally unseen world of a lesbian couple trying to find their way to be together in modern day Iran. Unlike what you may expect, the film is filled with color, life, music, sex, drugs and most importantly, the desire to express ones self. There is so much life and potential for freedom — until suddenly it’s all taken away. Watch the trailer now…

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From the camera style, to the brilliant use of music and dance, to the colors and movement and most importantly the story, this film makes a strong statement and lights to way for a number of new comers. Circumstance is director Maryam Keshavarz’s feature film debut and stars newcomers Nikohl Boosheri, Sarah Kazemy, Reza Sixo Safai, Nasrin Pakkho and more well known Iranian actors Soheil Parsa, Amir Barghashi, Fariborz Daftari and Keon Mohajeri.

Official Synopsis:

CIRCUMSTANCE is the story of two vivacious young girls — wealthy Atafeh and orphaned Shireen — discovering their burgeoning sexuality and, like 16 year-old girls anywhere, struggling with their desires and the boundaries placed upon them by the world they were born into.

Circumstance opens in theaters August 19, 2011.

What do you think?