UKIFF

There are things you don't know

Late-shift taxi driver Ali works the 'mean streets' of Tehran and in the process he meets a wide variety of people. Most notable is the lovely, lonely Leila whom he has to collect every night. With a rumour of an upcoming earthquake spreading, the normally taciturn Ali slowly breaks his silence in Leila's presence. Behind banal conversations full of unfinished sentences, the protagonists’ pasts betray deep traumas which have deflected them from their original paths in life. With a nod to Scorsese’s Taxi Driver (1976), debut director Fardin Saheb Zamani’s weaves together a melancholy, disquieting drama about alienation and the various roles which people assign themselves and others.

Directors:

Fardin Saheb-Zamani

Stars:

Leila Hatami, Mahtab Keramati, Siamak Adib