In a bustling wasteland of stolen cars, mechanics and street hustlers, Alejandro (Alejandro Polanco), a tough and ambitious street orphan, and his older sister, Isamar (Isamar Gonzales), must rely on each other to survive. Living and working in the Iron Triangle, a sprawling junkyard in Queens, New York, the two find their dreams threatened by the hard truths of life, only to find hope and salvation in one another. —amazon.com
Ramin Bahrani was born March 20, 1975 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to Iranian parents. He received his BA from Columbia University in New York City. His first feature film, Man Push Cart (2005), premiered at the Venice Film Festival (2005) and screened at the Sundance Film Festival (2006). The film won over 10 international prizes, was released theatrically around the world, and was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards.
Bahrani’s second film Chop Shop (2007) premiered at the 2007 Director’s Fortnight of the Cannes International Film Festival, and then screened at the Toronto International Film Festival (2007) and the Berlin International Film Festival (2008) before being released theatrically to wide and universal critical acclaim. Bahrani was awarded the prestigious 2007 Someone to Watch Independent Spirit Award. In 2008, he was nominated for Best Director Independent Spirit Award.
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A slice of life of a 12 year old living in the outskirts of Queens, New York. He works and lives in a junkyard, trying to get by in life, saving money to buy a food truck so that he and his sister can provide for themselves the life they want. The acting is terrific and is acted by non professional actors, the stand out here is Alejandro Polanco who shows a maturity far beyond his years. Directed by Rahmin Bahrani and with great style, Bahrani is making a name for himself as a director to watch, he captures real life with his lens and done wonderfully. Worth seeing.
As Queens is becoming more gentrified, the chop shop is dying soon going the way of Shea Stadium, unceremoniously broken down to pieces as something newer and safer was built in its place. For the chop shops it is not a baseball stadium but the buzzword economic development. This already great film of neo-realism is also the most powerful lifeline to a certain era and area of New York City that will soon be gone.
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Ramin Bahrani speaks clearly and assertively. He knows what he wants; even more admirably, he seems to know exactly why he wants it. He can
Man! This guy Bahrani is totally moving on my job as the American neorealist (at least I hope to be) but hey so far he’s just east coast. This flick is the real deal and at no moment does it ask for… read review