LAFF 2012: American Basketball Player Kevin Sheppard Gets Away From the Familiar in ‘The Iran Job’ Trailer

Much like another LAFF film we profiled earlier this week (that would be Sun Kissed), Til Schauder‘s The Iran Job is, on the surface, a story focused on a singular personal story that grows and changes into a film with national (and even global) repercussions. The film centers on American basketball player Kevin Sheppard, an endlessly charming guy who makes the somewhat offbeat and possibly dangerous decision to accept a gig playing ball in Iran. Sheppard is pleasantly surprised to find that his worst fears were unfounded – he’s welcomed to the country and the sport, and he ends up forming some tight bonds with some most unexpected new pals.

But despite the beauty that Sheppard finds in Iran, it is still a country in crisis and a people on the edge, and The Iran Job also documents the uprising and suppression of the Green Movement. And though that certainly sounds like heavy stuff, what this first trailer for The Iran Job shows us is a lively, energetic, and rousing glimpse at a film that could end up being one of the festival’s biggest crowd-pleasers. Is it the human drama, the unexpected friendships, or the awesome Iranian rap and hip-hop playing over the action that look and sound so good? It just might be all of it.

Check out the trailer for The Iran Job after the break, along with screening information for the film, which will premiere at LAFF this week.

The Iran Job will have its World Premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 15th at 710PM with an additional screening on June 17th at 650PM.

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Kate is an entertainment and culture writer and editor living in New York City. She is also a contributing writer for,,, Vulture,,, The Dissolve, Screen Crush, New York Daily News, Mental Floss, and amNY. Her previous work can also be found at MSN Movies, Boxoffice Magazine, and She lives her life like a French movie, Steve.

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