by Jim Nintzel
Internationally-acclaimed director Jafar Panahi (This is Not a Film) 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 interviewed by the curious and gracious driver/director.And hey: Jules and Jim is playing for free outside tonight! Full schedule of the Loft Film Fest can be found here.
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. Taxi is a gently rebellious film, a blend of documentary and narrative that riffs on the contentious life of the artist in modern Iran. Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, Taxi is another modern classic from master director Jafar Panahi. (Dir. by Jafar Panahi, 2015, Iran, in Persian with subtitles, 82 mins., Not Rated) Official Selection: Berlin International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival