Magazine article Screen International

Radiant Heads to Cannes with 'American Wrestler: The Wizard'

Magazine article Screen International

Radiant Heads to Cannes with 'American Wrestler: The Wizard'

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Alex Ranarivelo directed American Wrestler: The Wizard, which will screen in the Cannes market on May 17 and recently premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival.

Brian Rudnick wrote the screenplay inspired by true events of high school wrestling champion Ali Afshar, who is featured in the film and is a producer alongside Hadeel Reda.

Forrest Lucas and Protect The Harvest serve as executive producers and Ashley Michaelsen is a co-producer.

Kosturos stars as Afshar, an outcast teenage immigrant sent to live with his uncle in the small Northern California town of Petaluma where he joins the floundering high school wrestling team.

He teams up with the inspiring coach and leads the team to success.

"It's amazing what young kids can do when they put their minds to it," said Steinbauer. …

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