Private Project

Layers of Lies

Firefighter Sam Kashani intervenes in a desperate hostage situation between business rivals while evacuating a burning office complex in Tehran, almost losing his life. He starts a new life overseas in Finland where he meets his future wife, Emma. Years later when he returns to Iran, Emma is kidnapped. Sam finds himself at the center of a revenge plot and must take matters into his own hands to rescue her.

  • Ramin Sohrab
    Director
  • Ramin Sohrab
    Writer
  • Christopher Larsen
    Writer
  • Ramin Sohrab
    Producer
  • Mohsen Sarafi
    Producer
  • Jonna Enroth
    Producer
  • Ramin Sohrab
    Key Cast
    "Sam Kashani"
  • Jessica Wolff
    Key Cast
    "Emma Kashani"
  • Timo Lahtinen
    Executive Producer
  • Teemu Lahtinen
    Executive Producer
  • Ayhan Tongadur
    Executive Producer
  • Ramin Sohrab
    Executive Producer
  • Mark Hobson
    director of photography
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Genres:
    Action, Drama
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Country of Origin:
    Finland
  • Country of Filming:
    Finland, Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Language:
    English, Finnish, Persian
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Ramin Sohrab

Ramin's career began when he was only 4 years of age. His first trainer and mentor was his father, Alireza Sohrab, who at the time was already a well-known martial artist with a very popular martial arts school attended by thousands of students and widely employed in Persian motion picture productions. The advanced skills of Ramin’s father stem from personal training directly from the great Wushu masters while living at the Shaolin Temple in China for five years.

As a small child, Ramin did not receive advanced training from his father. He was also brought into the Motion Picture Industry. He appeared in several movies, and on TV and performed in shows all over the Middle East. At the age of six, Ramin moved to his mother’s home country Finland. He continued training under his father’s supervision and they also began to instruct others together. All this time, Ramin continued to actively perform in public.

At the age of twelve, Ramin and his father went to Los Angeles. He had the opportunity to spend some six months developing his acting skills together with celebrated artists such as actress Shohreh Agdashloo (‘24’, ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ etc) and her husband Houshang Touzi. Ramin Sohrab returned to Los Angeles at the age of twenty-three to study at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting and he graduated in 2011 During the past years Ramin has continued honing his acting skills and focusing on building his career in the motion picture industry as a filmmaker.

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Director Statement

Action films have always been close to my heart. Layers of Lies is a feature film developed straight from my innermost visions of a proper action movie. At its most basic level, Layers of Lies is a classic action drama and a testament to the power of low-budget action moviemaking. I've been working as an actor and stunt coordinator for many years, and the idea of making the first Finnish-Iranian action film has developed inside me for all of that time, making this movie the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.