BFF '21: Hit the Road

BBFC RatingBFF '21: Hit the Road

Showing: 13 November 2021

CertificateNot Rated
DirectorPanah Panahi
WritersPanah Panahi
Running Time1HR 33MINS
Extra InfoSubtitled
SeasonBelfast Film Festival

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.

A four-member family is driving through a picturesque, mountainous Iranian landscape. The older brother is at the wheel, his worrisome mother is next to him, and in the rear the father with a broken leg is bickering with a young and impertinent son. But it soon becomes clear that this is no ordinary family outing.

In his remarkably mature debut, Panah Panahi, son of the well-known Iranian director Jafar Panahi, shows an uncommon sense for capturing the dynamics of familial relationships, ranging from profound expressions of love to bitter arguments, from humorous moments to intensely painful ones. This road movie and vibrant portrait of one family, where laughter mixes with tears and loud music, was a success in the Directors' Fortnight section at this year’s festival in Cannes.

"Crackling with energy and outbreaks of exuberant lip syncing, riotously funny at times and quietly devastating at others..." - Wendy Ide. Screen International

Screening as part of the 21st Belfast Film Festival. Please note: all tickets are sold via the Belfast Film Festival box office. If you have any access requirements please get in touch with the box office before booking:

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