From Sun 26 to Thu 30 Nov
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Iranians are soccer-crazed but half of them—women—are banned from the stadiums. To cheer for their national team, those with means can travel abroad, but there is always another way for those creative and daring enough. Shot during the actual game between Iran and Bahrain to qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, this fictional tale with a documentary touch focuses on several young women’s comical attempts to sneak into Tehran’s Azadi Stadium. The humorous tricks they deploy are in sharp contrast to the very real repression they suffer. Director Jafar Panahi (No Bears, Taxi Tehran), never one to shy away from provocative subjects, won the Berlin International Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize for this sharp-witted film.


Part of The Great (Ex)Spectator film season at Ciné Lumière 






The screening includes short film Beach Flags

More about Beach Flags

13 mins | FRA | 2014 | dir. Sarah Saidan | in French with EN subs

Vida is a young Iranian lifeguard. Popular on her team, she is determined to fight to be the one to participate in an international competition in Australia. However, when Sareh who is as fast and talented as her, joins the team, Vida will have to face an unexpected situation.