A day in with a taxi driver in Tehran.

A yellow cab is driving through the vibrant and colourful streets of Tehran. Very diverse passengers enter the taxi, each candidly expressing their views while being interviewed by the driver who is no one else but the director Jafar Panahi himself. His camera placed on the dashboard of his mobile film studio captures the spirit of Iranian society through this comedic and dramatic drive.

Presented in a cinema vérité-style, Taxi is the third film released by Iranian director Jafar Panahi, who was banned in 2010 from making films for twenty years.

Taxi won the Golden Bear prize at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival.

Panahi says: “I’m a filmmaker. I can’t do anything else but make films. Cinema is my expression and the meaning of my life. Nothing can prevent me from making films. When being pushed to the ultimate corners, I connect with my inner self and in such private spaces, despite all limitations, the necessity to create becomes even more of an urge. Cinema as an art has become my main preoccupation. That is the reason why I have to continue making films under any circumstances to pay my respects and feel alive.”

Director: Jafar Panahi
Screening: 17th October, 17:00
Venue: Kino Sheryl
Tickets: 8€ (includes Kilometer 375)

Country/Year: Iran/2015
Language: Farsi
Subtitles: Finnish, Swedish
Duration: 82′
Genre: Drama