Kino Lorber debuted the official trailer for Hit the Road, the Iranian road trip drama from Iranian filmmaker Panah Panahi, that follows a family as they take a road trip across the rugged landscape of Iran to drop their eldest son off at the border.
The film, an official selection of Cannes Film Festival (Directors’ Fortnight), New York Film Festival and BFI London Film Festival where the film won Best Film ; stars Hassan Madjooni, Pantea Panahiha, Rayan Sarlak, and Amin Simiar.
Hit the Road opens in the US on April 22, 2022.
Panah Panahi, son and collaborator of embattled Iranian master Jafar Panahi, makes a striking feature debut with this charming, sharp-witted, and deeply moving comic drama. Hit the Road – featured at the Cannes and New York festivals, among many others – takes the tradition of the Iranian road-trip movie and adds unexpected twists and turns. It follows a family of four – two middle-aged parents and their sons, one a taciturn adult, the other an ebullient six-year-old – as they drive across the Iranian countryside. 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. Unspoken tensions arise and the film builds emotional momentum as it slowly reveals the furtive purpose for their journey. The result is a humanist drama that offers an authentic, raw, and deeply sincere observation of an Iranian family preparing to part with one of their own.
Watch the official trailer for Hit the Road.