Thursday, October 22, 2015

Tonight at the Loft Film Fest: Jafar Panahi's Taxi

Posted By on Thu, Oct 22, 2015 at 3:00 PM


The Loft Film Fest is in full swing today. There are plenty of films showing all day today, but the highlight, at least for me, is the screening of Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi's Taxi at 5:30 tonight. Here's how the Loft describes the film:

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.

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
And hey: Jules and Jim is playing for free outside tonight! Full schedule of the Loft Film Fest can be found here.

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