Film - New German Cinema Filmfest 2023


Directed by Behrooz Karamizade


Director: Behrooz Karamizade
Section: New German Cinema
Country: Germany, Iran
Year: 2023
Language: Farsi
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Hamid Reza Abbasi, Sadaf Asgari, Keyvan Mohamadi, Pantea Panahiha, Ali Bagheri


A visually powerful drama about entrenched inequalities, and a German film, shot entirely in Iran, which would be impossible to make today.

Amir, a young Iranian, signs on with a fisherman on the rugged Caspian Sea coast in order to earn the money he needs to marry his sweetheart, Narges. But in so doing, he becomes entangled in the criminal machinations of caviar poaching. Piece by piece, a complex hierarchy is revealed in a parallel realm that becomes ever more constricting and oppressive, endangering Amir’s relationship with Narges as well.

Meet the director


Behrooz Karamizade

Behrooz Karamizade was born in Ahwaz, Iran, in 1978. He and his family emigrated via the Soviet Union and East Germany in 1984, arriving in West Germany in 1985. From 2005 to 2013, he studied film directing at the Kunsthochschule Kassel. His first short films received several awards and were screened at more than 200 international film festivals, including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Short Film Festival Oberhausen and the Montreal World Film Festival. His graduation film, BAHAR IM WUNDERLAND, was screened at more than 150 film festivals and received 20 awards, including the German Human Rights Film Award in 2014. In 2016, BAHAR IM WUNDERLAND was broadcast on Arte. His short films KINDSEIN IM IRAN and PACKING were both shot in Iran.


Screenplay: Behrooz Karamizade
Director of Photography: Ashkan Ashkani
Film Editor: Anne Jünemann
Composer: John Gürtler, Jan Miserre
Production Designer: Shahram Karimi
Costume Design: Shahram Karimi
Sound design: Sebastian Tesch
Make-up artist: Elham Salehi
Casting director: Sanaz Ghotb
Producer: Eva Kemme, Ansgar Frerich, Uschi Feldges
Production Company: Basis Berlin Filmproduktion
Co-Producer: Jörn Möllenkamp, Majid Barzegar
Co-Production Company: Living Pictures Production, Rainy Pictures
World Sales: Pluto Film
Distributor: Port au Prince Pictures
TV channel: ZDF, Arte