The film Taxi by dissident Iranian director Jafar Panahi has won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and will be screend at this year's Movies that Matter Festival.
Jafar Panahi was arrested in 2010, together with his wife and daughter and some fifteen other dissidents. A twenty-year ban on filmmaking was imposed upon him. But the Iranian filmmaker does not give in easy: Taxi is the third film he makes despite the sanctions. About the ban on filmmaking, the director states: “I’m a filmmaker. I can’t do anything else but make films. Cinema is my expression and the meaning of my life. Nothing can prevent me from making films.”
The Movies that Matter Festival this year will screen Taxi, together with Panahi's 2011 documentary This is Not a Film. The festival and also presents the theatre play Closed Curtains, which was inspired by this film.
The tickets sales start on 5 March.