Bangladeshi actress Tannishtha Chatterjee makes a smashing western debut as 'Nanzeen' in the film adaption of Monica Ali's Brick Lane. Forced into an arranged marriage to a man twenty years older, Nanzeen is taken to London where she spends decades as a tormented wife and mother. Long separated from her sister, Nanzeen rebels by having an affair with a local tailor, Karim (Christopher Simpson). Her world is thrown into further chaos by the terrorist attack on 9-11, as her neighborhood is targeted by anti-muslim sentiment. Beautifully shot and acted, Brick Lane could resurface come award time as a real contender. Check out our interview below with the stunning Tannishtha Chatterjee and director Sarah Gavron.

Brick Lane hits limited theaters on June 20th.