Iranian film ′Taxi′ wins Golden Bear at Berlin International Film Festival

February 14, 2015 8:09 PM

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Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi was awarded the Golden Bear, the top prize at the Berlin International Film Festival, but he wasn't on hand to collect it. The acclaimed 54-year-old director is not allowed to leave Iran. Officials there have also issued him a 20-year ban on making movies for "making propaganda" - a block he has defied.

Panahi's film "Taxi" follows its director around in a Tehran taxi, learning the stories of his diverse passengers, who are not actors and remain anonymous. One of the passengers was his young niece, Hana (pictured above), who came to Berlin to accept the award on her uncle's behalf.

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