Fishguard Film Society
HIT THE ROAD / JADDEH KHAKI (12A)
Panah Panahi, Iran, 2021, 12A, 93m, subtitles
Directed by Panah Panahi, the son of jailed Iranian film-maker Jafar Panahi, this tense family drama is drenched in a subtle but urgent political meaning. It takes the form of a road movie, though that Hollywood term doesn’t really cover Hit the Road, which is part of Iranian cinema’s entirely distinct genre of films shot semi-covertly in a car, and has evolved to avoid Iranian state snooping. Abbas Kiarostami’s Taste of Cherry and Jafar Pahani’s Taxi Tehran are other examples.