World Film Fest at Skokie Public Library
Summer 2014

The Library will present another season of critically acclaimed world films, reflective of the diverse culture of Skokie. A short discussion will follow each movie, unless otherwise noted.

Monday, June 2 Offside
Monday, July 7 The Past

Monday, June 2 at 7:00pm

Cover of OffsideOffside (Iran)

Released 2006 – 93 minutes – PG for language throughout and some thematic elements
In Persian/Farsi with English subtitles

The Tehran soccer stadium roars with 100,000 cheering men and only men. The girls who are caught sneaking into the match, and the soldiers who guard them, end up playing their own sort of game, one far more compelling than the championship inside. The filmmaker was arrested in 2010 and charged with propaganda against the Iranian government. He was sentenced to a six-year jail term and banned from making movies for twenty years. The sentence is currently under appeal.


  • Asian Film Awards – nominated – Best Director
  • Berlin International Film Festival – winner – Silver Berlin Bear
  • Berlin International Film Festival – nominated – Golden Berlin Bear
  • Gijon International Film Festival – winner – Best Actress, Special Prize of the Young Jury
  • Gijon International Film Festival – nominated – Best Feature
  • Ljubljana International Film Festival – winner – Amnesty International Film Award
  • Tokyo FILMeX – winner – Audience Award
  • American Film Institute Film Festival – Official Selection
  • New York Film Festival – Official Selection
  • Toronto Film Festival – Official Selection

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Monday, July 7 at 6:30pm

Cover of The PastThe Past (France)

Released 2013 – 130 minutes – PG-13 for mature thematic material and brief strong language
In French and Persian with English subtitles

An Iranian man deserts his French wife and her two children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife starts a new relationship, a reality her husband confronts upon his wife's request for a divorce. This film was selected as Iran's official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards. Directed by Asghar Farhadi. Starring Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, and Ali Mosaffa.


  • Golden Globes – nominated – Best Foreign Language Film
  • Alliance of Women Film Journalists – nominated – Best Non-English Language Film
  • Asian Pacific Screen Awards – nominated – Best Film, Best Screenplay
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards – nominated – Best Foreign Language Film
  • Cannes Film Festival – winner – Best Actress, Prize for Ecumenical Jury
  • Cannes Film Festival – nominated – Palme d’Or
  • Chlotrudis Awards – winner – Best Movie, Best Director
  • Cesar Awards – nominated – Best Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, Best Film
  • National Board of Review – winner – Best Foreign Language Film
  • New York Film Critics Circle Awards – 2nd place – Best Foreign Language
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival – winner – Best Actress
  • San Francisco Film Critics Circle – nominated – Best Foreign Language Film

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National Medal

2008 Winner

National Medal for Museum & Library Service