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Offside (2006)

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Struggle of Women in a country that excludes them from entering the stadiums.

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Jafar Panahi
5 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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

"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

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Comedy | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Iran

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

26 May 2006 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Hors jeu See more »

Filming Locations:

Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,003, 23 March 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$179,948, 22 July 2007
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

It was banned from being shown in Iran. Panahi had already set up distribution for the film all over Iran and the film was predicted to break all box office records. Two days after being banned and twenty days before the World Cup championship game, unlicensed DVD copies of the film became available all over Iran. See more »

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Referenced in At the Movies: 25 Years of Margaret & David (2011) See more »

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Lyrics by Hossein Gol-e-Golab
Music by Ruhollah Khaleghi
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Brilliance
24 July 2006 | by twistedsister-2See 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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