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Taxi. 2015. Iran. Directed by Jafar Panahi. Courtesy of Kino Lorber. 94 min.
Part of the series The Contenders 2015

Taxi with Peter Sellars

Friday Jan 15, 2016 7:30 PM This is a past program

In a year that Iran dominated headlines, the country's best-known cinematic dissenter offers his third film since the Islamic Republic banned him from movie-making in 2010. Equipped with a dash-cam and posing as a taxi driver, Panahi took to the streets of Tehran, his conversations with a series of passengers creating a microcosm of Iranian society. Within the confines of the car, Panahi dives into a self-referential exposition on the government's censorship, surveillance, and imprisonment of its citizens. His niece, a schoolgirl tasked with directing a film for class is a consummate satirist in her struggles to understand what constitutes the "sordid realism" banned from films by the regime. Taxi is both an act of civil disobedience and a tragicomedy, with references to other films offering a certain levity (an incident with goldfish recall the director's own The White Balloon, the dramatic premise recalling Abbas Kiarostami's Ten). Ultimately, the cinematic image affirms its determination to exist against all odds. 

The program begins with an introduction by artist Peter Sellars.

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Taxi. 2015. Iran. Directed by Jafar Panahi. Photo credit: Courtesy of Kino Lorber. 94 min.

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$15 General Admission 
$10 Hammer Members with valid discount code

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This film program is organized by Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, and Sean Egan, Producer, Film Exhibitions and Projects, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

The Hammer Museum’s presentation is made possible by The Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.

Media sponsorship is provided by The Hollywood Reporter.