Empty Nets

With his visually impressive debut film, director Behrooz Karamizade unfolds a poetic love story and at the same time paints a haunting portrait of the young generation in Iran: he tells of their hope for a freer future and sheds light on the life-threatening flight movements in contemporary Iran.
(Original with German subtitles)

Amir loves Narges and Narges loves Amir. They dream of building a life together, but when Amir loses his job, marriage becomes a distant prospect – the bride price Iranian traditions demand of him is too high. Hoping to overcome class differences with hard work, Amir hires on with a rural fishery on the rugged coast of the Caspian Sea, where he becomes entangled in criminal activities of illegal caviar poaching. Amir is increasingly drawn into a dangerous maelstrom that also endangers his relationship with Narges.

Behrooz Karamizade

Behrooz Karamizade was born in Iran in 1978 and has lived in Germany since 1985, where he subsequently studied Visual Communication at the Kassel Art Academy. He completed this with flying colors and from then on realized a number of short films that have won several awards. He is co-founder of the production company “Living Pictures Production”, which produces documentaries and feature films with high artistic value.

Germany/Iran 2023 – Director & Screenplay: Behrooz Karamizade – Cinematography: Ashkan Ashkani – Editor: Anne Jünemann – Music: John Gürtler, Jan Miserre – Starring Hamid Reza Abbasi, Sadaf Asgari, Keyvan Mohamadi, Pantea Panahiha, Ali Bagheri. – 98 mins Original with German subtitles