Hit the Road

  • 93'
  • Iran
  • 2021

Seatbelt… Mirrors… Handbrake… Clutch… Father, leg in plaster on the back seat, growls driving instructions. His hyperenergetic young son dances and jumps around the car. They bicker about the ill dog in the trunk, but from the passenger seat mother mainly tries to keep things light. The eldest son drives this unruly group – to which he doesn’t seem to entirely belong – in silence, through broad Iranian landscapes.

The aim of this chaotic family trip seeps through the cracks of this tender and slightly absurd fiction debut, in which Panah Panahi – son of influential director Jafar Panahi – noticeably establishes his own artistic voice. The dialogues cover love and friendship, as well as the relative merits of Batman, Lance Armstrong, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Using visual humour and a prominent soundtrack, that combines Bach with nostalgic Iranian pop songs, the film paints a sensitive portrait of a family desperately trying to postpone the pain of an impending farewell.

Director
Panah Panahi
Country of production
Iran
Production Year
2021
Festival Edition
IFFR 2022
Length
93'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Jadde khaki
Language
Farsi
Producers
Panah Panahi, Mastaneh Mohajer, Jafar Panahi
Production Company
JP Productions
Sales
Celluloid Dreams
Screenplay
Panah Panahi
Cinematography
Amin Jafari
Editor
Ashkan Mehri, Amir Etminan
Music
Payman Yazdanian
Cast
Hassan Madjooni, Pantea Panahiha, Rayan Sarlak, Amin Simiar
Local Distributor
Cherry Pickers