Director: Jafar Panahi
Winner of the prestigious Golden Bear for Best Film at Berlin, Iranian director Jafar Panahi's latest takes to the streets of Tehran for a playful, insightful portrait of his country.
Since his ban from filmmaking in Iran in 2010, Jafar Panahi has smuggled out both the acclaimed This is Not a Film (2011) and Closed Curtain (MIFF 2013) while under house arrest. His third film à clef – and his most upbeat – circumvents those restrictions again to bring his filmmaking to the people, by driving passengers around Tehran in a camera-equipped taxi.
Taxi Cab Confessions by way of Kiarostami's Ten, Panahi (in disguise as a cabbie) captures a lively and revealing snapshot of a cross-section of Iranian society, mixing the comedic with the political and blurring the director's beloved boundaries between fiction and reality.
"An essential film of the year, if not the decade. A thoroughly exciting, entertaining and ingenious work of cinema." – Indiewire