Iran: Banned director wins Berlin film festival’s Golden Bear


A film by dissident Iranian director Jafar Panahi has won the Golden Bear, the Berlin Film Festival’s top prize.

Jafar Panahi won the award for his Tehran road movie ‘Taxi’ in what critics described as a victory for freedom of speech and the art of cinematic storytelling. Jafar Panahi was unable to be in Berlin but his niece – and a star of the film – accepted the award on his behalf.

Taxi is Panahi’s third film since he was banned from making films by the Iranian authorities and forbidden from travelling in 2010. It was filmed covertly as the director drove a taxi around Tehran.

» BBC News – 15 February 2015:
Berlin Film Festival: Panahi’s Taxi wins Golden Bear

» The Guardian – 15 February 2015:
Banned Iranian director Jafar Panahi wins Berlin film festival’s Golden Bear
Iranian dissident’s Tehran road movie takes top Berlinale honour as British veterans claim acting prizes

» Jafar Panahi’s profile in Wikipedia, the open encyclopedia:

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