This Thursday (5th July) at 6.30 p.m. at the Cinephile film club, Sachin Chatte will host the screening of the Iranian film, Offside directed by Jafar Panahi. The film though has got less to do with football and more to do with women trying to get into the stadium to watch the game. It won the Jury Grand Prix at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2006. The details are as given below:
Film: Offside (Iranian with English subtitles)
Directed by: Jafar Panahi
Duration: 1 hr 27 mins
One of most important film makers of the generation, Jafar Panahi’s lightweight comedy is also a very strong social commentary about women. They are barred from entering a stadium to watch any sport involving men, but some of them insist on finding their way in, even if they have to disguise themselves as a male.
Once they get there, it leads to more tragic comic situations – for instance a lady wants to use the rest room but there are no rest rooms for the ladies since they are not allowed to be there in the first place.
The film was shot on location back then, during the World Cup qualifier in Iran with a lot of improvisation and for a meager budget of just $2500. The World Cup fever is nearing its peak, but this is a remarkable film for all seasons.