Taxi (2015): Jafar Panahi’s Latest Secretive Film Wins Top Award at Berlin Film Fest

This year’s Berlinale Golden Bear was won by Jafar Panahi’s film “Taxi,” in which the Iranian director posed as a taxi driver and rode through the streets of Teheran, engaging his passengers in running dialogues, capturing the spirit of contemporary Iranian society.

It was a particularly emotional moment as jury president Darren Aronofsky and festival director Dieter Kosslick reminded the audience of the empty chair that was left onstage for Panahi when he was a jury member in 2011 and not allowed to attend. Absent yet again this year, he was represented by his family onstage.

His little daughter accepted the award for him and was so choked up with tears of happiness that she could barely speak, saying, “I can’t say anything, I’m so moved.”