House by the lake –


Screening in the cultural barn Gut Eibenhof

With a captivating gaze into the shadowy aspects of Iranian society, “Empty Nets” whisks us away into the world of young Amir. After losing his old job, he is compelled to join a dubious fishing enterprise. Driven by the urgent need to secure a dowry for his beloved Narges, Amir’s exceptional talent as a diver is discovered and skilfully exploited, plunging him deeper into the vortex of his employers’ criminal activities.

This film brilliantly traces the gradual blurring of Amir’s once firm moral boundaries. With each dive, the harsh realities of the societal structures he moves within become more starkly apparent.

In an impressive manner, “Empty Nets” sketches a sociogram of Iranian society. It illustrates that the path into criminality is not simply a conscious step, but more often the result of various circumstances into which individuals are born or drawn. Simultaneously, the film reveals the transformative power of desires, which, even amidst seemingly insurmountable adversities, evolve into driving ideas and motivations.

Afterwards film talk with Uschi Feldges (producer) and Behrooz Karamizade (director)!

12:00 pm – 1:50 pm

FSK 12 (Temporary release according to JuSchG).

(Parental Guidance (PG) cinema screenings from 12 years of age are permitted for children from 6 years of age accompanied by parents or a person responsible for their upbringing).

  • Credits

    Germany and Iran 2023

    Length: 101 min

    Director: Behrooz Karamizade

    Screenplay: Behrooz Karamizade

    Cinematography: Ashkan Ashkani

    Version: Original with English subtitles