Hit the Road
Directed by Panah Panahi
$12 / $8 Speed members
“Phenomenal! Thrillingly inventive, satisfyingly textured, and infused with warmth and humanity, this is a triumph.”—Wendy Ide, Screen Daily
One of the most engaging films of the year features a road trip with a quick-witted eccentric, but endearing family facing a transition that will alter their future.
In Hit the Road an Iranian family that takes a road trip across the rugged landscape of Iran to drop their older son off at the border in order to leave the country. Despite the ebullient presence of their younger son, unspoken tensions arise and risks involving the elder son’s flight become increasingly evident as the family approaches its destination.
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. The humanist drama is an authentic, raw, and deeply sincere observation of an Iranian family preparing to part with one of their own.
A selection of the Cannes Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, and winner of the Best Film at the BFI London Film Festival. 2021, Iran, DCP, in Farsi with English subtitles, 93 minutes. Recommended for 14+.