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5 October 2005 (France) See more »
Squatters, mostly Arabs in Persia, live on a mothballed oil tanker in the Persian Gulf. The children... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Ali Nassirian ... Captain Nemat
Hossein Farzi-Zadeh ... Ahmad
Neda Pakdaman ... The girl

Directed by
Mohammad Rasoulof 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mohammad Rasoulof 

Produced by
Abolhassan Davoodi .... producer
Bita Mansoory .... executive producer
Mohammad Rasoulof .... producer
Original Music by
Mohammad Reza Aligholi 
Cinematography by
Reza Jalali 
Film Editing by
Bahram Dehghan  (as Bahram Dehghani)
Production Design by
Mohammad Rasoulof 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daryoush Ebadi .... assistant director
Sound Department
Mohamad Mokhtari .... sound
Mahmood Moosavinejad .... sound mixer
Mohammad Mosavi-Nejad .... sound

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Also Known As:
"Jazireh ahani" - Iran (original title)
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Australia:90 min
Australia:M | Singapore:NC16 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | USA:Not Rated


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One of the most fascinating iranian movies released recently!!, 8 May 2006
Author: (anikgol) from Norway

While the works of maestro Kiarostami and Makhmalbaf are part of a more philosophical, sometimes Godardian/Haneke avant garde film school, Iron Island represents another side of iranian cinema, one that is closer to the classic "greek" Hollywood style. The plot driven film. But this is a plot driven film that also uses the plot to present a satire of the society. Not only the iranian but a more general comment on the modern society. The director is very precise and throughoughly chooses simple but strong symbols on presenting his work. A miniatyre society (on a rusty old oil tanker in the persian gulf that is constantly sinking) lead by captain Nemat. There is a fully (dis)functional society on this boat. Nemat is a strong totalitarian leader but a balanced person thats very hard to judge. Nemats complex character is one of the most well crafted and vital parts of this film. There is also a love story off course. A forbidden love between two of the youths on this boat. Nemat, these two youths a teacher/scientist and dozen of other characters each represent a person and a way of thinking that in addition to being autonome characters also are used to show Nemat. These persons are also used to show Nemat, by showing Nemats reaction to these people.

Also the imagery is fantastic. The old rusty tanker a great contrast to the blue sea. Brown and yellow against the blue sea and the sky. Nemats (Nassirian is one of the most important theatre and film actors in Iran) face expressions alone, are just incredible (one can see parallels in the use of face expression to Eisensteins "Potemkin").

In short, Iron Island is one of the most interesting Iranian films in a long time.

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