Jafar Panahi’s 2000 drama “The Circle” caused controversy in Iran — the film was banned in the country and he was forbidden to make films for 20 years. Despite this ban, Panahi has made three films, his latest work being “Jafar Panahi’s Taxi,” which has gone on to win awards and screen internationally.
The film follows Panahi’s driver chauffeuring a rotating group of characters through the streets of Tehran. Each character expresses their own opinions and worldview to the driver, which proves to be both comedic and dramatic. With a camera on his dashboard, Panahi captures the spirit of Iranian society through each character.
“Jafar Panahi’s Taxi” won the Berlin Golden Bear at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival. The film will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival, which takes place from September 10-20. It will open in theaters on October 2.
Check out the trailer above.