2015, Iran, 82 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Jafar Panahi, Unrated and suitable for ages 10 and up, Farsi with English subtitles, Kino Lorber
"One of the most captivating cinematic experiences of this year." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times
Internationally acclaimed director Jafar Panahi (The White Balloon) drives a yellow cab through the vibrant streets of Tehran, picking up a diverse (and yet representative) group of passengers in a single day. Each man, woman, and child candidly expresses his or her own view of the world while being candidly interviewed by the curious and gracious driver/director. His camera, placed on the dashboard of his mobile film studio, captures a spirited slice of Iranian society while also brilliantly redefining the borders of comedy, drama and cinema. "Can a filmmaker under house arrest make any more defiant a gesture than by directing a bonafide road movie?" asks Scott Foundas in Variety. "Such is the question implicitly posed by Taxi, the third surreptitious film à clef directed by Panahi since his 2010 conviction on charges of conspiring to create anti-Islamic propaganda. The result is a film of quiet but profound outrage, laughing on the surface, but howling in anger just beneath." Taxi won the Golden Bear for Best Film at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival.
Dr. Andrew Strycharski, Director of the Film Studies Program at Florida International University, will lead a discussion after the screening on Wednesday, October 14 at 7:00 pm. The discussion is co-presented with the FIU Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment.