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Empty Nets

Germany/Iran, 2023

The rarefied but rough-and-tumble world of caviar smuggling is the milieu for writer-director Behrooz Karamizade’s feature debut. Amir and Narges are young and in love but that only means complications. She’s well-to-do with a father who demands a wealthy suitor. He’s working-class and newly unemployed. After finding work as a fisherman he’s determined to prove himself but shortcuts to quick cash prove too tempting as he feels Narges slipping away. Dramatic action on the Caspian Sea and in the back alleys of their coastal town makes this a particularly suspenseful critique of opportunity and tradition in Iran.

DCP, color, in Persian with English subtitles, 101 min. Director: Behrooz Karamizade. Screenwriter: Behrooz Karamizade. With: Hamid Reza, Abbasi Sadaf Asgari, Keyvan Mohamadi.

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