SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL AND CASULA POWERHOUSE PRESENT
HIT THE ROAD
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.
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
“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
EAT WITH US!
Enjoy a delicious meal ($30) in our on-site restaurant, Bellbird Dining and Bar before you see Hit the Road! Our chefs will be preparing a special dish inspired by the film:
- Hot & cold mezze plate: Koftas, falafels, marinated chicken, pickles, dips & Arabic bread (Served to share)