Jafar Panahi's Taxi
Internationally-acclaimed and exiled Iranian director Jafar Panahi (This is Not a Film) drives a yellow cab through the vibrant streets of Tehran, picking up a diverse (and yet representative) group of passengers in a single day. Each man, woman, and child candidly expresses his or her own view of the world, while being interviewed by the curious and gracious driver/director.
His camera, placed on the dashboard of his mobile film studio, captures a spirited slice of Iranian society while also brilliantly redefining the borders of comedy, drama and cinema. Taxi is a gently rebellious film, a blend of documentary and narrative that riffs on the contentious life of the artist in modern Iran.
Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, Taxi is another modern classic from master director Jafar Panahi.
Morning Edition discusses Taxi: http://www.npr.org/2015/10/08/446833267/jafar-panahi-s-latest-film-taxi-is-shot-where-iranians-can-talk-freely
Directed by Jafar Panahi
In Persian with English subtitles
MPAA Rating - Unrated
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"It's an act of defiance that's also a sublime piece of cinema, and it ranks among the director's finest work."
"Panahi turns the kind of reflexive cinema that, in the United States, would risk critical dismissal as narcissistic into a furious act of political defiance."
"Banned Iranian director Jafar Panahi takes to the streets of Tehran for another playful yet profound musing on the intersection of life and art."