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Iranian Film Festival: "Jafar Panahi's Taxi" Past

Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 ,
5:00 PM
- Silver Spring, MD, United States


The New York Times’ A.O. Scott praised Jafar Panahi's Taxi as the work of “one of the most humane and imaginative practitioners of the art currently working . . . one of the most captivating cinematic experiences of this year.” The winner of the top award at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival, this is the third film Jafar Panahi has made in defiance of a twenty-year ban on filmmaking that the Iranian government imposed on him in 2010.

In it, the affable director crisscrosses Tehran behind the wheel of a taxi, giving rides to a variety of denizens, ranging from a pirated DVD dealer to his charmingly chatty young niece, to the human rights lawyer who worked with him when he was in prison. While the tone of "Taxi" is lighter than that of his previous violations of the ban, "This is Not a Film" and "Closed Curtain," it continues to wittily challenge the very notion of banning cinema in a time when everyone carries a camera.

(Dir.: Jafar Panahi, Iran, 2015, 82 min., DCP, Persian with English subtitles)

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