Comedy drama set in North Carolina about a Senegalese taxi driver who is determined to prevent an elderly fare from committing suicide. –BFI
Ramin Bahrani was born March 20, 1975 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to Iranian parents. He received his BA from Columbia University in New York City. His first feature film, Man Push Cart (2005), premiered at the Venice Film Festival (2005) and screened at the Sundance Film Festival (2006). The film won over 10 international prizes, was released theatrically around the world, and was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards.
Bahrani’s second film Chop Shop (2007) premiered at the 2007 Director’s Fortnight of the Cannes International Film Festival, and then screened at the Toronto International Film Festival (2007) and the Berlin International Film Festival (2008) before being released theatrically to wide and universal critical acclaim. Bahrani was awarded the prestigious 2007 Someone to Watch Independent Spirit Award. In 2008, he was nominated for Best Director Independent Spirit Award.
Goodbye Solo, Bahrani’s third feature film, premiered… read more
Bahrani is a filmmaker I will always go back to to remind me that filmmaking is not just a possibility for immense pleasure--it can improve the world, simply by existing as something made with extreme compassion. These are the types of films that alter my perception of the world the most in terms of how to see people. It is a duty to make films with this amount of kindness if we even want to try to be filmmakers.
The taste of cherry in Bahrani’s film is granted sweet new flavour through its own set of social drama and diversity: an immigrant taxi driver, eagerly awash in the American Dream, and a jaded senior, over the American Dream, his final journey uniting the two. But Bahrani’s camera is nothing alike to Kiarostami’s - its loquacious dynamism linking it more to Jarmusch’s Night on Earth, in its heartfelt pitting of class relations in America: of young and old, black and white, joy and sadness, and the softening rapprochement. A lot of heart.
This is the second part of a two-part interview. Part one can be found here. *** IGNATIY VISHNEVETSKY: In writings about your films, versimillitude
Ramin Bahrani speaks clearly and assertively. He knows what he wants; even more admirably, he seems to know exactly why he wants it. He can
Above: William (Red West) and Solo (Souleymane Sy Savane), in Ramin Bahrani's Goodbye Solo. It’s one of those strange accidents of moviegoing
Respectable film. I must say though that the story itself … the whole two-unlikely-friends thing is less than satisfying. However, Bahrani’s approach and the film’s tone did indeed work for me… read review
Peabody’s review is harsh, but understandable if Savane’s (Solo) performance didn’t convince and win him over. To me, the success of the film largely depends on that, and for me, Savane’s performance… read review