Offside (I) (2006)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Sport  |  26 May 2006 (Austria)
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Struggle of Women in a country that excludes them from entering the stadiums.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sima Mobarak-Shahi ...
Shayesteh Irani ...
Smoking girl
Ayda Sadeqi ...
Soccer girl
Golnaz Farmani ...
Girl with tchador
Mahnaz Zabihi ...
Girl disguised as soldier
Nazanin Sediq-zadeh ...
Young girl
Melika Shafahi
Safdar Samandar ...
Soldier from Azerbaijan
Mohammad Kheir-abadi ...
Soldier from Mashad
Masoud Kheymeh-kabood ...
Soldier from Tehran
Mohammed-Reza Gharebaghi
Hadi Saeedi ...
Masoud Gheyas-vand
Ali Baradari ...
Bus Passenger
Ali Roshan


"Offside" is about a group of Iranian girls who attempts to enter Tehran's Azadi Stadium dressed as boys in order to watch a big football match but some get caught and arrested. After the establishment of the Islamic Republic in Iran, women are not allowed to enter the stadiums. Written by Kaaveh

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In Iran, All Women Are Banned From Men's Sporting Events


Comedy | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language throughout, and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 May 2006 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

Hors jeu  »

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$2,500 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,003 (USA) (23 March 2007)


$179,948 (USA) (20 July 2007)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jafar Panahi asked each of the girls in the film to turn up with their own idea of how they would disguise themselves as a boy and what we see in the film was the girls' own attempts. See more »


Referenced in At the Movies: Episode #3.33 (2006) See more »


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Lyrics by Hossein Gol-e-Golab
Music by Ruhollah Khaleghi
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24 July 2006 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Finally! An Iranian film that is not made by Majidi, Kiarostami or the Makhmalbafs. This is a non-documentary, an entertaining black comedy with subversive young girls subtly kicking the 'system' in its ass. It's all about football and its funny, its really funny. The director says "The places are real, the event is real, and so are the characters and the extras. This is why I purposely chose not to use professional actors, as their presence would have introduced a notion of falseness." The non-actors will have you rooting for them straightaway unless a. your heart is made of stone b. you are blind. Excellently scripted, the film challenges patriarchal authority with an almost absurd freshness. It has won the Jury Grand Prize, Berlin, 2006. Dear reader, it's near-perfect. WHERE, where can I get hold of it?

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