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SFFILM Festival

Hit the Road

Directed by Panah Panahi

Iran | 94

23 Apr
Sat, Apr 23, 2022 at 5:30 pm PT


An eccentric family takes a road trip through sun-drenched Iranian landscapes to a mysterious destination in Panah Panahi’s auspicious first feature. Under normal circumstances, this bunch probably would be rooted at home, with its grumpy patriarch uncomfortable in a full-leg cast. But as the mother worries that they are being followed, the eldest brother pensively drives on, rarely stopping even to stretch. Only the irrepressible younger son, a little boy embracing adventure, enjoys the journey, unaware that his big brother is fleeing trouble. Panahi, the son of auteur Jafar Panahi (The Circle, Festival 2001), makes an assured debut with this gorgeously lensed feature.

Director Panah Panahi

The son of Iranian auteur Jafar Panahi, Panah Panahi has worked as an editor, assistant director, and consultant on his father’s recent films. He previously made a short, The First Film (2009). Hit the Road (2021), winner of best film awards at the London and Mar del Plata Film Festivals, is his first feature.



Film Details

Language Farsi

Year 2021

Premiere Bay Area

Runtime 94

Country Iran

Director Panah Panahi

Producer Panah Panahi, Mastaneh Mohajer

Writer Panah Panahi

Editor Ashkan Mehri, Amir Etminan

Cinematographer Amin Jafari

Music Payman Yazdanian

Cast Hassan Madjooni, Pantea Panahiha, Rayan Sarlak

Closed Captions Closed captions are not available for this screening.

Audio Description Audio description is not available for this screening.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is not currently scheduled for this event. For more information about ASL interpretation at our events, e-mail ADA@SFFilm.org.