Video Services Corp.,
Jafar Panahi’s Taxi
Written, Produced and Directed by Jafar Panahi
OPENS FRIDAY OCTOBER 2
TORONTO – TIFF Bell Lightbox – 350 King St. W.
OPENS FRIDAY OCTOBER 16
MONTREAL – Cinema du Parc – 3575 Ave. du Parc
MONTREAL – Cinema Beaubien – 2396 Rue Beaubien E.
Official selection of the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival – Winner, Golden Bear
2015 Toronto International Film Festival
2015 Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma
In Farsi with English Subtitles
After garnering rave reviews during its successful festival run, Video Services Corp (VSC) brings Jafar Panahi’s Taxi back to Toronto for a theatrical run October 2 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, followed by a release in Montreal with other markets to follow.
Winner of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival’s Golden Bear and the FIPRESCI Prize, Jafar Panahi’s Taxi follows the internationally acclaimed director as he drives a yellow cab through 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.
Like his previous two films, This Is Not a Film and Closed Curtain, Taxi was made in secret due to Panahi’s 2010 sentencing of six years of house arrest, and a 20-year ban on making films. Shortly after the film’s premiere at Berlin was announced, Panahi released an official statement in which he promised to continue making films despite the ban, saying “Nothing can prevent me from making films since, 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.” Panahi was arrested twice; the second time for 86 days. The Iranian government released Panahi on bail following pressure from international film festivals, artists and well-known filmmakers and Panahi’s own hunger strike.
Without ever leaving the cab, Panahi quietly orchestrates a multi-layered mosaic of life in today’s Iran as he coaxes the fares he picks up to speak to him about their concerns, fears, hopes, and expectations.
Due to the restricted nature of Jafar Panahi’s Taxi, there is no billing block and no credits for this film; only the name of Jafar Panahi as writer, producer and director.
JAFAR PANAHI was born in Mianeh, Iran. He has directed the acclaimed feature films The White Balloon (95), The Mirror (97), The Circle (00), Crimson Gold (03), Offside (06),This Is Not a Film (11), Closed Curtain (13), and Jafar Panahi’s Taxi (15).
About Video Services Corp
Founded in 1993 by former rock critic Jonathan Gross, Video Services Corp. (VSC) is a leading independent all-platform film distributor with offices in Toronto and Los Angeles. VSC’s DVD catalogue includes “Corner Gas,” Sharknado, Richard Lewis: Bundle of Nerves, and Don Cherry’s Rock’em Sock’em Hockey series. Recent theatrical releases include Frank, starring Michael Fassbender, Alan Partridge, starring Steve Coogan, Iranian vampire sensation A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, Cannes Selection Life Itself, and instant cult classic What We Do In The Shadows. Upcoming releases include Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, and TIFF selection This Changes Everything.
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