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Iron Island (2005)

Cast: Ali Nasirian, Hossein Farzi-Zadeh, Neda Pakdaman
Director: Mohammad Rasoulof
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Studio: Kino
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Independent, Politics and Social Issues, Middle East, Iran
Running Time: 90 min.
Subtitles: English
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An abandoned ship anchored in the Persian Gulf offers refuge to a number of homeless Iranian squatters seeking sturdy shelter in this whimsical drama from Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof. Presiding over the makeshift hostel is the stern but fair Captain Nemat (Ali Nasirian). A tireless authoritarian with genuine affection for his charges, the patriarchal captain assumes a wide variety of responsibilities that span the spectrum from matchmaker to supervisor as the residents scour their makeshift home for scrap metal that will bring in some much-needed cash. It seems that the only inhabitant of this makeshift town not to bend to Captain Nemat's every whim is Ahmad (Hossein Farzi-Zadeh), a rebellious youngster with eyes for an attractive young lass (Neda Pakdaman) whose overprotective father keeps her on a decidedly short leash. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

This is a cool movie by shapoor June 7, 2008 - 9:49 PM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
A movie about people living on a ship being salvaged for parts very slowly. As you can imagine the folks that are willing to live on this ship aren't people of great means but the still manage to build a community. The director does a masterful job of creating a drama of epic scale based on the personal assumptions of the viewer. Wonderful movie.

Iranian Life, Not Quite Ship-Shape by talltale September 24, 2006 - 12:50 PM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Movies from Iran are in short enough supply these days (this couldn't possibly have anything to do with the Bush administration's demonization of that country?) that IRON ISLAND is worth a welcome. It would be even without the political undertones, since the film is interesting and works as well symbolically as it does (somewhat) realistically. The titular place--a huge freighter on which rafts of families live until they can find housing somewhere on Iran's mainland--is so stunning a metaphor and piece of rusty reality that this alone makes the movies quite watchable.

One of the themes here is young love in a country where government and family--both autocratic--make this an impossibility, and that, too, should carry you over some rough points in which you may not quite understand what is going on nor why. As sad as the movie is, no one finally is depicted as villain: Even the "captain," torn between getting ahead and providing help to his "passengers," seems to trying his level best.

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Cannes Film Festival & More - 2005
Official Selection, Certain Regards... and more. Here is a bit more information on the films screened at the Cannes. I have attempted to list all the films that were considered for an award as well as any special screenings.
Indianapolis International Film Festival
Films that showed at the Indianapolis International Film Festival - which began in 2004

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