Monday Night Cinema
Hit the Road
A short-tempered father with a broken leg; a boisterous young boy and his older silent brother; a sick dog; and a mother trying to keep the peace. This is a family on a road trip somewhere in Iran. But where are they going and why? As they get closer to their destination, it slowly emerges that this is no normal journey…
This debut from Panah Panahi, son of renowned Iranian director Jafar Panahi, shows a remarkable maturity for a first feature. Gentle humour and vibrant music are deftly used to capture the dynamics, chaos and emotions of these ultimately loving relatives. The result is a rich portrait of one family for whom this road-trip will change their lives forever.
Best Film, BFI London Film Festival 2021