On the heels of Man Push Cart, director Ramin Bahrani Shops next script

Chop Shop

on August 01, 2008 by Richard Mowe
The director of last year's well-regarded Man Push Cart has consolidated his success with another tough slice of life from New York's Queens district. Alejandro, a tough and ambitious Latino street orphan on the verge of adolescence, lives and works in an auto-body repair shop in a sprawling junkyard. Amid this chaotic adult world, 12-year-old Alejandro struggles to make a better life for himself and his 16-year-old sister, Isamar.

Located just outside Shea Stadium, the title refers to the practice of “chopping up” stolen cars to sell for parts. It's a macho environment where only the fittest survive, and, although geographically close to Manhattan, it seems to be worlds removed. Well-observed and with a wonderful performance from nonprofessional Alejandro Polanco, Chop Shop reveals parts of America that other films never even begin to reach.
Distributor: No distributor set
Cast: Alejandro Polanco, Isamar Gonzales, Rob Sowulski, Carlos Zapata and Ahmad Razvi
Director: Ramin Bahrani
Screenwriters: Bahareh Azimi and Ramin Bahrani
Producers: Lisa Muskat, Marc Turtletaub and Jeb Brody
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not yet rated
Running time: 85 min.
Release date: TBD
Tags: Alejandro Polanco, Isamar Gonzales, Rob Sowulski, Carlos Zapata, Ahmad Razvi, Ramin Bahrani, orphan, Latino, family drama, survival of the fittest, slice-of-life

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