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Taxi Tehran
 
 

Directed by Jafar Panahi, Iran 2015
82 mins. Persian dialogue with English sub-titles

WINNER : GOLDEN BEAR AT 2015 BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL

 
Summary:
 

A portrait of the Iranian capital. Forbidden from filming by the government in 2010, director Jafar Panahi poses as a Tehran taxi driver. His fares, who sit in the passenger seat, candidly confide about their lives to the inexperienced driver. They include men and women, young and old, rich and poor, traditionalists and modernists, pirate video vendors and advocates of freedom. The passengers are played by non-professional actors, whose identities remain anonymous. Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh also appears in the film in a powerful and uplifting performance.

 
What the Critics say:
 
"A love letter to cinema ... filled with love for his art, his community, his country and his audience."  (Darren Aronofsky - Berlin Film Festival Jury President)

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