MVFF WORLD CINEMA PROGRAMMER JOÃO FEDERICI SELECTS
Director: Jafar Panahi (Iran, 2015)
“One of the most celebrated Iranian directors, Jafar Panahi achieved international recognition with his first feature, The White Balloon (1995), which premiered in Cannes and won the prestigious Caméra d’Or. With subsequent films, The Mirror, The Circle, This Is Not a Film, to mention a few, he was honored with the most prestigious awards such as Cannes’ Un Certain Regard, Berlin’s Golden and Silver Bears, Venice’s Golden Lion, and Locarno’s Golden Leopard. His films became a megaphone against the Iranian system. In an attempt to censor his films–which were banned in Iran from the beginning–he was sentenced to six years in prison and banned from making films and from traveling for 20 years.
Taxi is a docu-fiction masterpiece. Pretending to be a taxi driver in the streets of Tehran, the courageous Panahi himself is the protagonist here. Using three hidden cameras, he does what he loves most: shows the reality of his country and people, as a driver and passenger, in conversations about beliefs, fears, and happiness. Determined to make films that transform censorship into art, Panahi brings us once more a compelling and delicate portrait of a nation under an oppressive regime.” –João Federici
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