The Sacred Film Sofa has survived its first Friday film night. This week's film, "Offside [imdb.com]", was delightful - a poignant Iranian film that's both very funny and yet also critical about the regime. It's about some young women who tried to get into the Iran vs Bahrain game in Tehran prior to the 2006 World Cup (women aren't allowed in sport stadiums in Iran). It had a wonderful cast of nonprofessional actors and was riveting - I'd meant to do a series of pause shots so that the photographs wouldn't look quite so bad, but I couldn't bear to pause it. Great film, which is generous toward all the characters, both the women and the soldiers. Sadly, the director, Jafar Panahi, is currently in prison.
May 23, 2017