Sun 19 Nov 4:30 PM
93 Mins | Iran
Iranian women soccer fans travel to a World Cup qualifier match in Tehran despite it being illegal for them to be spectators by disguising themselves as boys. Will they be able to fool the guards? Jafar Panahi’s Offside is one of the most charming and poignant sports films ever made. Even at a time when many of us are glowing over the women’s game, after a successful World Cup right on our doorstep, it’s a telling reminder of the power of sport to connect us. As transgressive as it is powerfully humanistic, the film took home the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize from the 2006 Berlinale. Footnote: last year marked the first time women were permitted to attend a World Cup qualifying match (the men’s), while the recently released from prison Panahi’s creative freedom remains severely restricted by the Iranian regime.