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Offside -- Struggle of Women in a country that excludes them from entering the stadiums.
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
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Struggle of Women in a country that excludes them from entering the stadiums. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A Surprising Comedy From Jafar Panahi 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 
 
Writing credits
(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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This film just like other films of director, Jafar Panahi is banned in Iran.See more »
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43 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
A Surprising Comedy From Jafar Panahi, 22 May 2006
Author: Ian Sowers from Switzerland

Several young Iranian women dress as boys and try to get into a World Cup qualifying match between Iran and Bahrain. When they're caught, they're penned in an area where the match remains within earshot, but out of sight. The prisoners plead to be let go, but rules are rules.

Given the pedigree of its director, Jafar Panahi, it was disarming to discover that Offside is a comedy, and a frequently hilarious one. In 1997's The Mirror, Panahi presents two versions of Iranian girlhood and leaves the audience to wonder which one is "real". In 2000's The Circle, several Iranian women step outside the system; their transgressions are different, but they all end up in the same tragic place.

However, thinking now about Offside, it's hard to imagine it as anything other than a comedy, because the situation it presents is so obviously ridiculous. As the women demand to know why they can't watch the soccer match and their captors struggle to answer, the only possible outcome is comedy.

What makes Offside most affecting is that the young women are not portrayed as activists attacking the system. They are simply soccer fans and patriots, and despite the fact that they are clearly being treated unfairly, they never lose their focus on the match and the historic victory that is within their nation's grasp.

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