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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Chop Shop

Fortnight 2007, Feature film, 1h24


Alejandro, a tough and ambitious street orphan on the verge of adolescence, lives and work in an auto-body repair shop in a sprawling junkyard on the outskirts of Queens, New York. In this chaotic world of adults, young Alejandro struggles to make a better life for himself and his 16-year-old sister, Isamar.


Ramin Bahrani

He studied film at Columbia University in New York City before moving to his parents’ homeland of Iran, where he lived for three years. After spending time in Paris, he eventually returned to the US to begin work on his first feature film, Man Push Cart (2005). The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival (2005) and was selected for the Sundance Film Festival (2006) before being released theatrically to critical acclaim.

Ahmad Razvi
Alejandro Polanco
Carlos Zapata
Isamar Gonzales
Rob Sowulski

Bahareh Azimi, Ramin Bahrani

Michael Simmonds

Christof Gebert

Ramin Bahrani


Set decoration
Richard Wright

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