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Hit the Road

Directed by Panah Panahi
2021
Iran
93 minutes
15+
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In this mysterious and raucous feature debut by Panah Panahi, a chaotic family sets off on a road trip that will change their lives forever. Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, 2021.
Bickering, singing along to Iranian pop tunes from a distant era, worrying about their ill dog: this family of four drives to an unknown destination. The father is in the back seat with a broken leg that should have healed some time ago. The mother veers between laughter and tears. The younger son is a ball of energy, but the older brother is mostly silent. As the journey progresses it becomes clear that this is no ordinary road trip; it is one beset with paranoia, but also moments of transcendence. Taking inspiration from familiar tropes of Iranian cinema – both Abbas Kiarostami and Jafar Panahi have made seminal films set largely in cars – Panah Panahi, the son of Jafar, has staked a promising path wholly of his own.
Thrillingly inventive, satisfyingly textured and infused with warmth and humanity, this is a triumph.
Wendy Ide, Screen Daily
A stirring new voice.
Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

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Sat 6 Nov
8:30pm
Ritz Cinemas Randwick 1
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Sat 13 Nov
6pm
Palace Norton Street - Cinema 8
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Sat 13 Nov
8pm
Casula Powerhouse
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Program Strand
Features
Year
2021
Classification
15+
Country
Iran
Language
In Farsi with English subtitles
Director
Panah Panahi
Producer
Panah Panahi, Mastaneh Mohajer
Cast
Hassan Madjooni, Pantea Panahiha, Rayan Sarlak
Screenwriter
Panah Panahi
Cinematographer
Amin Jafar
Editor
Ashkan Mehri, Amir Etminan
Genre
Cannes Selected, Comedy, Human Rights, Middle East, Music, Politics & Economics
Company Credits
Local Distributor: Rialto Distribution
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