Hit the Road

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Director(s)Panah Panahi
Writer(s)Panah Panahi
LanguagePersian, English
Running Time1HR 34MINS
SeasonMain Programme

Panah Panahi’s thrilling road movie is by turns tender, strange and laugh-out-loud funny – a wondrously observed reflection on family life in transit.

Driving across endless miles of rugged landscape, a family navigates a long road trip alongside a range of conflicting emotions. Dad’s got a broken leg and a mood to match whilst Mum fusses over her two children and their pet dog. And when he's not drawing on the car windows, their energetic youngest son couldn’t be louder as he sings along to the car radio whilst his elder brother tries to concentrate on the road ahead.

As the journey twists and turns and their destination draws ever closer, the chaotic claustrophobia in the car grows as does the love and affection they have for each other.

Accompanied by a brilliant soundtrack, Panah Panahi’s thrilling debut feature is a treasure; heart-warming, quirky, and full of humour. Panah Panahi is the son of embattled auteur Jafar Panahi (Taxi Tehran), who since 2010 has been banned by the Islamic theocracy from making films.

"From the first jokey moments of Hit the Road until its heartbreaking end you will not want to be anywhere else." New York Times

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