Magazine article Screen International

Kino Lorber Picks Up Taxi

Magazine article Screen International

Kino Lorber Picks Up Taxi

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The distributor has acquired all North American rights to Jafar Panahi's newly anointed Berlinale Golden Bear winner.

For his latest film the Iranian film-maker set up a cab with a camera and drove around Tehran as he talked to fares about their opinions.

Darren Aronofsky, who served as president of the Berlinale jury said: "Jafar Panahi created a love letter to cinema. His film is filled with love for his art, his community, his country and his audience."

Kino Lorber will release the film theatrically in the autumn. Taxi also won the FIPRESCI International Critic's Prize in Berlin.

"I'm a film-maker," said Panahi. "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 as 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 an urge. …

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