Photo by Jafar Panahi
- Thu 10 Sep 2015
- Len Lye Centre Cinema
- General $13.50
- Concession: Seniors, students and community services card holders $12.50 (valid ID required)
- Child (under 14) $10
- Bookings essential
- Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked
Pretending to be a taxi driver negotiating the streets of Tehran, Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi makes a fascinating, surprisingly entertaining movie about his own role as a forbidden storyteller and life in Iran today.
“Subtle, humorous and humane. It tells you more about modern Iran, I think, than you’ll discover on the news.” — Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
The great Iranian director Jafar Panahi (Offside, The Circle) has never let being barred from filmmaking stop him. For the third time since the ban was imposed, he’s managed to apply his considerable art to production on a very small scale – and to get the resulting work out of Iran and into competition at a major international film festival.
In Tehran Taxi, shot entirely inside a car, he poses as a cab driver and films interactions with a succession of lively customers, not least his own feisty niece who’s making a film too. It’s never entirely clear whether the passengers are aware of their participation, adding an ambiguity all the more teasing for being in their best interests. The surprisingly informative, entertaining and layered sampling of life in Tehran that emerges won the Golden Bear for Best Film at Berlin.
“A priceless cinematic lesson, proving once again that if you know what you want and how to express it, the whole mystical paraphernalia of filmmaking and its inflated budgets is not really necessary… Though it is even more minimalistic than his last two illegal exports, This Is Not a Film and Closed Curtains, it is also more mature, and better calibrated and – at the risk of annoying art house patrons who often hate this term – more entertaining than the other two…
More than ever before, Panahi’s composite picture of contemporary Iranian reality puts on a satirical shape, but the melancholy smile on the driver’s face – and in this case driver and director are one and the same person – is more eloquent than any piece of dialogue.” — Dan Fainaru, Screendaily
Director/Screenplay: Jafar Panahi
In Farsi with English subtitles
With: Jafar Panahi
Festivals: Berlin 2015
Golden Bear (Best Film), Berlin International Film Festival 2015
Censors rating tbc
Concession: Seniors, students and community services card holders $12.50 (valid ID required)
Child (under 14) $10
Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked