Goodbye Solo

An elderly man hires Solo, a Senegalese cab driver, to drive him to a mountaintop in North Carolina where he plans to commit suicide.

Independent Lens
Premiere Date
June 1, 2010
90 minutes
Funding Initiative
Series and Special Projects
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    2009 Venice Film Festival-FIPRESI Critic's Prize
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    2009 IFP Gotham Awards-Breakthrough Award for Souleymane Sy Savane
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    2009 Independent Spirit Awards-Best Male Lead Award for Souleymane Sy Savane
  • Producer/Director

    Ramin Bahrani

    RAMIN BAHRANI was born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and is an Emmy-nominated writer, director and producer. In 2010 legendary film critic Roger Ebert proclaimed Bahrani as “the director of the decade.” Bahrani has won numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a “Someone to Watch” Independent Spirit Award. His feature Show more films, Man Push Cart, Chop Shop, Goodbye Solo, At Any Price, and 99 Homes have won numerous awards around the world, including the FIPRESCI Prize in London (Man Push Cart) FIPRESCI Prize in Venice (Goodbye Solo), the Grand Prize in Deauville (99 Homes) and a Golden Globe nomination for Michael Shannon (99 Homes). Bahrani’s television film, Fahrenheit 451, for HBO, starring Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon was nominated for 5 Emmys, including Best TV Movie. His most recent documentary, Blood Kin, premiered at the 2018 Venice Film Festival where he also served as President of the Debut Film Jury. His latest film is an adaptation of the Man Booker Prize winning novel, The White Tiger, for Netflix. It will be released in late 2020. Show less


    Jason Orans

    Gigantic Pictures is the New York-based independent production company run by Brian Devine, Jason Orans, and Jennifer Small. In addition to Cosmopolitan, Gigantic Pictures produced The Suitor for PBS, a narrative film based on a story by the Dominican American author Julia Alvarez. Additional productions include an adaptation of Bernard Malamud’s The First Seven Years Show more starring Israel Horovitz and Carol Kane, which was broadcast nationally on PBS; The Third Date, starring Sandra Bernhard, Xander Berkeley, and Sarah Clark, which premiered at the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival and played the 2003 London Film Festival; Drena De Niro’s documentary Girls and Dolls, which premiered on WNET; and Israel Horovitz’s autobiographical documentary about 9/11, Three Weeks After Paradise, which premiered on Bravo. Gigantic is currently in post-production on Satellite, a feature film by the writer/director Jeff Winner (You Are Here). Show less

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    The Film

    On the lonely roads of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, two men forge an improbable friendship that will change both of their lives forever.

    Solo is a Senegalese cab driver working to provide a better life for his young family. William is a tough, Southern good old boy with a lifetime of regrets. One man’s American dream is just beginning, while the other’s is quickly winding down. But despite their differences, both men soon realize they need each other more than either is willing to admit. Through this unlikely but unforgettable friendship, Goodbye Solo deftly explores the passing of a generation, as well as the rapidly changing face of America.

    Solo, a Senegalese taxi driver in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is hired by William, a gruff, 70-year-old, white Southerner, to drive him to a nearby mountaintop in two weeks. Solo soon comes to understand William's plan, and makes one of his own — to befriend the stubborn old man and try to change his mind.