Magazine article Screen International

UK Deal for Jafar Panahi's Berlin Golden Bear Winner 'Taxi'

Magazine article Screen International

UK Deal for Jafar Panahi's Berlin Golden Bear Winner 'Taxi'

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UK indie distributor New Wave has concluded a deal with Celluloid Dreams for Jafar Panahi's Berlinale Golden Bear winner Taxi.

Panahi's drama, largely shot under cover due to restrictions on the filmmaker, also won the FIPRESCI prize at the Berlin Film Festival in February.

In Taxi, director Panahi captures life in contemporary Iran through passengers in a Tehran cab.

As the cab drives through the colourful streets of Tehran, it picks up a diverse mix of passengers, who speak to the driver, played by Panahi.

It proved one of the hot sellers for Paris-based Celluloid Dreams at last month's European Film Market (EFM), snapped up by Memento for France and a host of other buyers in Germany, Italy and Colombia, among others.

Kino Lorber acquired North American rights.

Panahi has been banned from making films in his homeland, or leaving the country, since 2010. …

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