Panah Panahi

Iran , 2021 / 93 min / OV Farsi with Englisch or French & Dutch subtitles / Drama

Iran, nowadays. A chaotic, loving family is on a road trip across a rugged landscape, but to where?

In the back seat, Dad has a broken leg, but is it really broken? Mom tries to laugh, but isn’t she holding back tears? The kid keeps joking, singing and dancing.  All of them are fussing over the sick dog and getting on each other’s nerves. Only the older brother is quiet.

“The journey this family goes through was not the result of my invention: it follows the natural evolution of the Iranian landscapes. As they get closer to the border, the desert plains turn into a greener area, with many hills. Of course, other factors were taken into account in the choice of each location, but this progression of the landscape corresponds with that of the country”, Director’s statement – Panah Panahi

Fri 04/03 21:00 Ciné Utopia Farsi OV with FR/NL subt. Public
Thu 10/03 18:30 Cinémathèque Farsi OV with ENG subt. Public
Fri 11/03 20:30 Ciné Utopia Farsi OV with ENG subt. Public
Sun 13/03 16:00 Cinémathèque OV Farsi with EN subt. Public

"Thrillingly inventive, satisfyingly textured and infused with warmth and humanity, this is a triumph." Screen Daily, Wendy Ide, 10/7/2021

"A beautifully tender comedy that tears your heart in half with a featherlight touch." Indie Wire, David Ehrlich, 05/10/2021

"Panahi’s debut feature is a stunningly assured road movie which balances emotional nuance with a bubbling undercurrent of political
critique." BFI; Leigh Singer, 11/7/2021

"Panahi has a talent for leaving many things unsaid, allowing the viewer to draw their own conclusions about scenes that look natural but are filled with intent.” The Hollywood Reporter, Alex Ritman, 17/9/2021

  • Best Film Award, Official Competition, BFI London Film Festival, 2021 (UK)
  • Best Feature Film, Mar del Plata, 2021 (Argentina)
  • Sélection officielle Quinzaine des réalisateurs, 2021 (France)
  • Official Competition, Main Slate, New York Film Festival, 2021 (US
Cast & Credits
Hassan Madjooni, Pantea Panahiha, Rayan Sarlak, Amin Simiar
Panah Panahi
Amin Jafari
Ashkan Mehri, Amir Etminan
Abdolreza Heydari
Payman Yazdanian
JP Productions
Celluloïd Dreams

Panah Panahi was born in Tehran in 1984 and studied cinema at the Tehran University of Art. While attending, he directed his first short film which went on to participate in and win awards at many domestic and international film festivals. Later, he became a set photographer, and then moved into the roles of assistant cinematographer and assistant director. Eventually, Panah acted as a consultant, editor and assistant director to his famous father, the director Jafar Panahi. Hit the Road is Panah Panahi’s first feature length movie.

  • 2021 – Hit The Road