Frankfurt am Main | 13 – 20 October 2024

Empty Nets

Feature Film Iran 2023
By Behrooz Karamizade
Tue, 17 October 2023, 9:00 PM
Twenty somethings Amir and Narges have found what feels like true love in their hometown by the coast of the Caspian sea. But in today’s Iran that’s far from enough to build a life together, and they are forced to keep the relationship secret. To win over Narges’ upper class family and pay an appropriate dowry, Amir needs money, and he needs it fast. With his back against the wall, Amir finds work at a local fishery, where he is drawn into the dangerous but lucrative business of black market caviar smuggling. As Amir’s values are compromised by the illegal underworld, Narges stalls for time and tries to delay the arranged marriage her parents are planning for her. Can their love, hopes and dreams survive the tightly knit web of tradition, corruption, and social hierarchy that continues to rule over the lives of a new generation in Iran?


Film Info


Empty Nets
Original title
Leere Netze
Feature Film
Release Date
  • Iran
  • Germany
Spoken language
  • Farsi
  • English
  • German
101 Minutes
Color Format
  • Colour


  • Behrooz Karamizade
  • Writer
  • Behrooz Karamizade
  • Producers
  • Eva Kemme
  • Uschi Feldges
  • Ansgar Frerich
  • Crew
  • Ashkan Ashkani (Cinematographer)
  • Anne Jünemann
  • BFS (Editor)
  • John Gürtler (Music)
  • Jan Miserre feat. Saba Alizadeh (Music)
  • Bahman Ardalan (Sound)
  • Cast

  • (Supporting Actor - Omid - Keyvan Mohamadi)
  • (Supporting Actress - Amir's Mom - Pantea Panahiha)
  • Sadaf Asgari (Leading Actress - Narges)
  • Hamid Reza Abbasi (Leading Actor - Amir)
  • Director

    • Behrooz Karamizade

      Behrooz Karamizade was born in 1978 in Ahwaz, Iran. In 1984 he immigrated together with his family via the former Soviet Union through the former GDR to West-Germany. He has lived in Germany since 1985. From 2005 to 2013 he studied film directing at the Kunsthochschule in Kassel. With his first short films he won several awards and participated in over 200 international film festivals, among others at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Short Film Festival Oberhausen and the Montreal World Film Festival. With his graduation film "Bahar Im Wunderland", Karamizade participated in over 150 film festivals and won 20 awards, including the German Human Rights Film Award 2014. In 2016 "Bahar Im Wunderland" was broadcast on ARTE. He shot both his short films Kindsein Im Iran" and Packing" in Iran. Karamizade received the Golden Lola 2021 / the German Screenplay Award for his screenplay "Empty Nets".

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