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Taxi Tehran (2015)

Taxi (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 15 April 2015 (France)
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Jafar Panahi is banned from making movies by the Iranian government, he poses as a taxi driver and makes a movie about social challenges in Iran.

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Jafar Panahi

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Jafar Panahi

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Jafar Panahi ... Himself (uncredited)
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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. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Iran

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

15 April 2015 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Jafar Panahi's Taxi See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,531, 4 October 2015

Gross USA:

$321,642

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,906,227
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

By winning the golden bear of the Berlin Film Festival for this film, Jafar Panahi became the only Iranian director to has won three major prizes of the four big main film festivals of Europe. He has won the golden lion of Venice for his film Dayere (2000) and the golden leopard of the Locarno film festival for The Mirror (1997). He only has not win the Palm d'or of the Cannes Film Festival, which his fellow director Abbas Kiarostami did with Taste of Cherry (1997). See more »

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Jafar Panahi: Those films are already made, those books are already written. You have to look elsewhere, you have to find it for yourself.
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References The Walking Dead (2010) See more »

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A Highly Emotionally Satisfying Miniature
7 December 2015 | by ctowyiSee all my reviews

Acclaimed Iranian director Jafar Panahi drives a cab through the streets of Teheran. The changing passengers speak out openly what is on their mind. A female teacher and a young man discuss death penalty, a bootlegger offers the new season of "The Walking Dead" and some Woody Allen movies, two old women want to transport their goldfish in a glass bowl to a holy place, a young woman wants to transport her much older husband who has been injured in an accident, and a cheeky little girl explains the rules of Iranian filmmaking and her entitlement to a frappuccino.

A highly emotionally satisfying miniature. On the surface it feels small and funny, but underneath it is seething in anger and defiance at the Iranian government. One of the stuff that makes the movie so unusual is that it is so difficult to pinpoint whether everything is planned or caught in the spur of the moment. Especially the final scene which kept my mind wondering. I really like this a lot. More so when I found out about the sad state of affairs for Jafar Panahi. He is actually banned from making movies for 20 years because he was deemed to have crossed the "sordid realism" line drawn by the Iranian government. How he subtly pokes fun at the authorities is hilarious and yet warm. The whole 80+ min film feels like a window into another world, a world not unlike ours, especially when Eric Khoo's most recent film is deemed "unscreenable". One of the most important films I have seen this year. Now I feel like hunting down The White Balloon, Closed Curtains and This Is Not a Film.


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