(UPDATE: Typepad is having a bad day. I'm going to leave this up and open through Tuesday morning.)
Today comes the next step: I've got three tickets to give away to Tuesday's morning screening of Offside, what looks like a pretty good film about a group of Iranian women who defy the edict preventing them from attending a World Cup qualifying match.
|Offside: Free tickets.|
The time is not great: 11:45 a.m. at the Paramount 1 film/vidgame/Twizzlers emporium. And there's a catch (isn't there always?): You have to write a 50-word review to go in JABS the next day. 50 words, bang-on. Oh, and I'm going too, so there's yet another catch. But the coffee's on me, promise.
So either e-mail me, or send along your entry in the comments. I'll have a draw
at the end of the day here in the office (4 p.m. or thereabouts), if/when I get more than the three entrants.
I'm also working on getting tickets for another film in the fest (can't say which one, but use your imagination) and offering them here because, well, we're coming up on the one-year anniversary of the blog -- a frightening thought, that -- and along with a couple of other ideas we're kicking around here at JABS Mansion, this seems a good place to start.
Meantime, via TIFFreviews, here's some links to Offside reviews:
From Deborah Young of Variety:
Even as it cleverly spotlights the absurdity of Iran's strict segregation policies toward the female sex, "Offside" also describes a surprisingly rebellious world of young people who are not ready to buy into their country's imposed social values. Apart from its filmic merits, pic should have a role to play abroad in shining a light on some little-known facets of Iranian society. It has not yet been cleared for release in Iran.
And from Aussie-based Heroic Cinema:
Jafar Panahi's Offside so brilliantly captures the emotion and intensity of the frenzied fan culture that surrounds the sport of football in Iran that I have all at once jettisoned my lingering grudge against the Iranian national team. "Get over it," I've been told. Now, thanks to Offside, I have.