Taxi Tehran is a 2015 Iran drama by Jafar Panahi.
Starring Jafar Panahi. UK: Passed 12 uncut for:
- 2016 New Wave Films R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 22nd February 2016
Director Jafar Panahi incurred the wrath of the Iranian authorities for his films and was banned from travelling and banned from making any more films.
See article from en.wikipedia.org :
Taxi won the Golden Bear prize at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival. Because Panahi was legally unable to leave Iran to attend the festival, his niece Hana Saeidi (who appears in the film) was there to accept the award on his behalf.
In an interview following the win at Berlin, Panahi pleaded with authorities to allow his film to be screened publicly in Iran. The Iranian government’s film branch, the Cinema Organisation, offered a statement that was at once celebratory and critical, congratulating Panahi for the win while accusing the Berlin Film Festival of spreading misunderstanding by awarding the prize to Panahi.
When you are a filmmaker and you are not allowed to direct movies any more, you have to retrain. So why not become a taxi driver? Or better, why not pretend you are a taxi driver and make a film despite everything? This is what Jafar Panahi has done. Now he invites you to get into his cab for the price of a cinema ticket, to ride through the streets of Tehran and discover its people in the persons of his various passengers.