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A hilarious and hugely entertaining film, cleverly illustrating the fight for women’s rights in Iran through a real incident during the 2005 World Cup qualification match between Iran and Bahrain when a girl disguised as a boy tried to gain entry to the stadium.

A hilarious and hugely entertaining film, cleverly illustrating the fight for women’s rights in Iran through a real incident during the 2005 World Cup qualification match between Iran and Bahrain when a girl disguised as a boy tried to gain entry to the stadium.

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The life of women in Iran was already the oblique theme of acclaimed Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s earlier film success The White Balloon and the direct theme of the much discussed, multiple award-winning drama The Circle. Offside, Jafar Panahi’s Silver Bear Winner (shared with ‘En Soap’ by Pernille Fischer Christensen) at the Berlin Film Festival depicts an incident during the 2005 World Cup qualification match between Iran and Bahrain at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran.

A girl disguised as a boy tries to gain entry to the stadium where the match is due to kick off. But women are not allowed there. The girl is discovered. She is held for the duration of the match along with some street-smart female fans. They are detained in an area where they can only hear the match. As they argue with the naïve soldiers who are their reluctant gaolers, the absurdity of the law is gradually revealed.

Offside is a hilarious and hugely entertaining film, cleverly illustrating the fight for women’s rights in Iran. The director chose to use a non-professional cast to illustrate a real event, arguing that professional actors would have introduced a note of falseness. As the stakes increase, the film veers away from tension by showing the sheer absurdity of the situation. It is probably Jafar Panahi’s most accessible and spontaneous picture to date. 

The life of women in Iran was already the oblique theme of acclaimed Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s earlier film success The White Balloon and the direct theme of the much discussed, multiple award-winning drama The Circle. Offside, Jafar Panahi’s Silver Bear Winner (shared with ‘En Soap’ by Pernille Fischer Christensen) at the Berlin Film Festival depicts an incident during the 2005 World Cup qualification match between Iran and Bahrain at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran.

A girl disguised as a boy tries to gain entry to the stadium where the match is due to kick off. But women are not allowed there. The girl is discovered. She is held for the duration of the match along with some street-smart female fans. They are detained in an area where they can only hear the match. As they argue with the naïve soldiers who are their reluctant gaolers, the absurdity of the law is gradually revealed.

Offside is a hilarious and hugely entertaining film, cleverly illustrating the fight for women’s rights in Iran. The director chose to use a non-professional cast to illustrate a real event, arguing that professional actors would have introduced a note of falseness. As the stakes increase, the film veers away from tension by showing the sheer absurdity of the situation. It is probably Jafar Panahi’s most accessible and spontaneous picture to date. 

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SKU 5021866323305
Catalogue Number ART323DVD
Subtitle a film by Jafar Panahi
Product contents 1 disc
Year 2006
Format DVD
Publisher(s) Artificial Eye
Countries Iran
Colour Colour
Sound Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles English
Language(s) Farsi
Running time 85 mins
DVD region 2
Certificate PG

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