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Offside -- Struggle of Women in a country that excludes them from entering the stadiums.
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26 May 2006 (Austria) See more »
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In Iran, All Women Are Banned From Men's Sporting Events
Plot:
Struggle of Women in a country that excludes them from entering the stadiums. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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5 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Very enjoyable film by an important director See more (45 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Sima Mobarak-Shahi ... First girl
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 ... Soldier
Masoud Gheyas-vand
Ali Baradari ... Bus Passenger
Ali Roshan
Mohsen Tabandeh ... Ticket seller
Reza Khayeri ... Bus Passenger
Karim Khodabandeh ... Soldier
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mohammed Moktar Azad ... Haji
Joad Abed El Gani
Reza Fashani ... Old man
Mirian Kader
Orock Orock

Directed by
Jafar Panahi 
 
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(in alphabetical order)
Jafar Panahi 
Shadmehr Rastin 

Produced by
Jafar Panahi .... producer
 
Original Music by
Yuval Barazani 
Korosh Bozorgpour 
 
Cinematography by
Rami Agami 
Mahmoud Kalari 
 
Film Editing by
Jafar Panahi 
 
Production Design by
Iraj Raminfar 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Leon Watkins .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Scott Evans .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Steven Ghouti .... sound re-recording mixer
Nezamoddin Kiaie .... sound
Nick Roberts .... adr recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kamyar Sheisi .... first assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Sophie Denize .... digital intermediate producer
 

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Rated PG for language throughout, and some thematic elements
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93 min | Germany:88 min (Berlin International Film Festival)
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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 »
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23 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Very enjoyable film by an important director, 30 October 2006
Author: Paul Martin from Melbourne, Australia

This film is being described as a comedy, but it wasn't a comedy at all. Like any Panahi film, it was a very realistic drama depicting the common thread of social inequity and hypocrisy. But it was very funny; much lighter than the director's dark and serious The Circle (my favourite Iranian film). The resourcefulness of the girls and the banter between them and the soldiers was both completely believable (as if it were a documentary) and completely hilarious.

The filming the actual match and aftermath was astonishing. It added a realism much like Australia's Kenny, of course a very different film.

The performances from all the non-professional actors – soldiers and girls – were very credible. It was very moving to see the passion, disappointment and excitement of these girls. Anyone in this country who thinks Muslim girls wearing a chador are any different to their own daughters should go see this film – it will be a real eye-opener.

To me, the soldiers represented the current paradigm. They started out with stock-standard official policy responses to all the pleas of the girls. As the film progressed, they found it more and more difficult to maintain this stance. When what seems like all of Teheran breaks out into wild celebration, everyone is caught up in it, and the ridiculousness of the current policies is obvious to one and all.

It was a very moving and unexpected ending, and gave the film a really nice blend of emotions, frivolity, drama and social commentary. Though it's adult cinema, I think mature-minded children from about seven onwards would really appreciate this film (as long as they can read subtitles).

It is remarkable that a repressive country like Iran is able to produce films of such quality by the likes of Panahi and Kiarostami. Perhaps the constraints there force directors to be extremely resourceful. Australian (and other) film makers could take a leaf out of their book.

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