For His Film ‘Taxi’
Panahi, often described as “Iranian Woody Allen,” stars in his own film as a taxi driver talking to his passengers as he drives them through the streets of Tehran. The film is also banned in Iran.
“Instead of allowing his spirit to be crushed and giving up, instead of allowing himself to be filled with anger and frustration, Jafar Panahi created a love letter to cinema,” said Darren Aronofsky, the American director and Berlinale jury president. “His film is filled with love for his art, his community, his country and his audience.” (AP, 14 February)
Photo credit: Photographers crowd around the Golden Bear awarded to Jafar Panahi for his film ‘Taxi.’ Panahi is banned from leaving Iran and could not accept the award in person; berlin, 14 February 2015 (Axel Schmidt/AP)