Kino Lorber Releases Jafar Panahi's Taxi on Blu-ray & DVD
New York, NY - February 18, 2016 - Kino Lorber is proud to announce the Blu-ray and DVD release of Jafar Panahi's Taxi, the latest film from the acclaimed Iranian director of This is Not a Film and Closed Curtain. In Taxi, Panahi interviews a diverse group of passengers while driving a cab through the streets of Tehran, engaging them in discussion and recording their views of the world with his camera.
Jafar Panahi's Taxi won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and was an official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival, among others. The film was released theatrically by Kino Lorber in 2015, opening to great acclaim at the IFC Center and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in New York, before moving on to other key national markets including Los Angeles, Austin, Seattle, Boston, and San Francisco.
Set to street on March 1, 2016, Jafar Panahi's Taxi comes to Blu-ray and DVD with special features including a booklet essay by filmmaker and scholar Jamsheed Akrami. The SRP for the Blu-ray is $34.95, and the SRP for the DVD is $29.95.
Synopsis: Internationally acclaimed Iranian director Jafar Panahi (The Circle) has been officially banned from filmmaking since 2010. In a courageous act of artistic and political defiance he has made three features since then: This is Not a Film (2011), Closed Curtain (2013), and now Jafar Panahi's Taxi. In Taxi, he drives a yellow cab through the vibrant streets of 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.
JAFAR PANAHI'S TAXI
Director: Jafar Panahi
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: March 1, 2016
Blu-ray SRP: $34.94
DVD SRP: $29.95
Blu-ray UPC: 738329202491
DVD UPC: 738329202484
Booklet Essay by filmmaker and scholar Jamsheed Akrami
1.78:1 / 1920x1080p / 81 minutes / 5.1 Surround / Color / Farsi with optional English subtitles