Wednesday, 18 February 2015

A Golden Bear in absentia for new Taxi film

Taxis in Tehran
Jafar Panani's new film, Taxi, premiered in competition at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. On February 15, Panahi was awarded the Golden Bear for the film in absentia.

Taxi is a 2015 Iranian drama film starring and directed by Panahi. The documentary-like film is set in a Tehran taxi, driven by Panahi. The passengers, played by non-professional actors whose identities remain anonymous, confide to their taxi driver about their lives. The resultant film has been described as "a portrait of the Iranian capital".

The award was collected in Berlin by Panahi's niece, Hana Saeidi, who also appears in the film. The Iranian film director, screenwriter, and film editor, has been banned from making films and travelling since 2010. Panahi's feature film debut, The White Balloon, won the Caméra d'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1995, the first such award won by an Iranian film.

Editor's note: Despite our name, we love honest taxi drivers, and are pleased to bring you this good news taxi story (see the story of how we got our name).

Related resources
Berlin film festival top prize goes to Jafar Panahi's Taxi - CBC
50 Reasons Why Taxi Driver Might Just Be The Greatest Film Of All Time - What Culture
10 Taxi episodes that find heart and humor in a dead-end job - AV Club
Taxi was one wild boozy ride... Danny DeVito recalls life on the classic sitcom - Daily Mail
Top 10 films about taxi drivers - Top 10 Films
Top 10 taxi drivers in movies - Harmony Cars blog
Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA) transportation guide
Tehran Mehrabad International Airport (THR) transportation guide

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