Last Chance Indies: Hit the Road – Opens June 4
Director: Panah Panahi Run Time: 93 min. Rating: Unrated Release Year: 2022 Language: Persian w/English Subtitles
Tagline: Panah Panahi, son of acclaimed filmmaker Jafar Panahi, makes his feature debut with HIT THE ROAD, an unforgettable film about a family road trip through the Iranian countryside that yields surprising revelations for each of the passengers.
Synopsis: Panah Panahi, son and collaborator of embattled filmmaker Jafar Panahi and apprentice to Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami, makes a striking feature debut with this charming, sharp-witted, and deeply moving comic drama. Hit the Road takes the tradition of the Iranian road-trip movie and adds unexpected twists and turns. It follows a family of four – two middle-aged parents and their sons, one a taciturn adult, the other a ebullient six-year-old – as they drive across the Iranian countryside. Over the course of the trip, they bond over memories of the past, grapple with fears of the unknown, and fuss over their sick dog. Unspoken tensions arise and the film builds emotional momentum as it slowly reveals the furtive purpose for their journey. The result is a humanist drama that offers an authentic, often comedic, and deeply sincere observation of an Iranian family preparing to part with one of their own.
“A lovable and affecting crowd-pleaser with universal appeal…” – David Ehrlich, Indiewire
“Phenomenal! Thrillingly inventive, satisfyingly textured and infused with warmth and humanity, this is a triumph.” – Wendy Ide, Screen Daily
“A breath of fresh air and a truly original work… contains more thrilling cinema than most other films at this year’s Cannes put together.” – Elena Lazic, The Playlist
“A stunningly assured road movie.“ – Leigh Singer, Sight & Sound
“An intimate, frequently funny, poignant and deeply moving piece of work… damned near to being a masterpiece – if it isn’t simply one already.” – John Bleasdale, Cinevue
Saturday June 4, 2022: 7:15
Sunday June 5, 2022: 3:00, 7:10
Monday June 6, 2022: 1:00, 5:10
Tuesday June 7, 2022: 3:00, 7:10
Wednesday June 8, 2022: 1:00, 5:10
Thursday June 9, 2022: 3:00, 7:10
Ticket Prices: $12 Regular / $10 Students & Seniors / $9 Members