Offside 

Drama | Persian with English subtitles | 93 minutes

Info

In Iran, female fans are   forbidden to enter the soccer stadium to watch the championship match between Iran and Bahrain.  A girl, disguised as a boy, slips into the stadium but is caught. She is put in a holding pen where she joins other women who were apprehended. The women are guarded by young soldiers who seem perturbed  the Iranian government should have such an unreasonable prohibition. One sympathetic soldier watches the stadium  through a peephole and gives the girls a commentary of the game and the scoring.  During the game’s second half, the girls and the soldiers  board a bus  taking them to the Vice Squad headquarters. While on the bus, they hear that Iran beat Bahrain 1-0. Celebrations erupt on the streets of Tehran and the bus is grounded. The girls and their guards join the celebration putting aside the fact  they might be disobeying  Iranian law. 

Cast
Sima Mobarak-Shahi (female football fan) / Shayesteh Irani (female football fan) / Ayda Sadeqi (female football fan) / Golnaz Farmani (female football fan)
Why Stream This Film?
Despite winning the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, the film was banned in Iran. A compelling reason to see Offside.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 94%
  • Metacritic Score: 85
Accolades
  • Berlin International Film Festival: Winner, Silver Berlin Bear, Best Film
  • Slant Magazine: Winner, Best Film
This is Iranian cinema at its most accessible, deeply immersive, thought-provoking, and quite often funny.
Marrit Ingman

The Austin Chronicle

The tone of OFFSIDE is insouciant as it celebrates the guile and toughness of its heroines while casting a sympathetic glance at the ethical quandaries facing the jailers.
A.O. Scott

The New York Times

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