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Berlin: Banned Iranian Director Jafar Panahi’s ‘Taxi’ Is Hot Efm Item

8 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Banned Iranian auteur Jafar Panahi’s “Taxi” is proving a hot item at Berlin’s Efm market, after screening in competition at the festival to positive reviews.

Taxi” — in which Panahi plays a Tehran cabbie driving a diverse mix of candidly confiding passengers — has rapidly been sold by Gaul’s Celluloid Dreams to: France (Memento); Italy (Cinema – Valerio De Paolis); Germany and Austria (Weltkino); Switzerland (Filmcoop); Sweden (Folkestbio); Norway (Arthaus); Poland (Solopan); Former Yugoslavia (12 Films); Baltics (Must Kasi); and Columbia (Cine Columbia).

Celluloid topper Hengameh Panahi, who is the director’s regular sales agent (no relation to the director), said she is fielding multiple offers for North America and a slew of other territories.

Taxi” is Panahi’s third film smuggled abroad since 2010, when he was arrested by Iranian authorities and banned from moviemaking.

His other two post-ban pics are “This Is Not a Film” and “Closed Curtain,” which competed »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Jafar Panahi’s Taxi picks up more buyers

8 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Additional deals closed in Germany-Austria, Italy, Poland and Norway, among others.

Jafar Panahi’s Berlinale entry Taxi has been one of the market’s most in-demand titles for Hengameh Panahi’s Celluloid Dreams with additional deals closing in Germany-Austria (Weltkino), Italy (Cinema – Valerio De Paolis), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Sweden (Folkestbio), Norway (Arthaus), Poland (Solopan), Ex-Yugoslavia (I2 Films), Baltics (Must Kasi), Columbia (Cine Columbia).

Earlier in the market Memento snapped up French rights to the film in which banned Iranian director Panahi, who won Berlin Silver Bear awards in 2006 and 2013, turns a yellow cab into a mobile film studio with a camera placed on the dashboard.

Deals in a host of other territories are pending.​ »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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