Friday 13th March
Dir: Soheil Beiraghi
Starring: Vlad Ivanov, Catrinel Marlon, Rodica Lazar, Agustí Villaronga, Sabin Tambrea, István Teglas
In 2015, Niloufar Ardalan was captain of the Iranian women’s indoor football team, which had just reached the Asian Championships final in Malaysia. Incredibly, she was prevented from playing, because her TV presenter husband would not give her the permission to travel abroad that married women in Iran legally need.
A fictionalised version of this extraordinary situation, Permission is the debut feature from Iranian dramatist and film-maker Soheil Beiraghi.
Introduced by Prof Roger Shannon who has produced more than 25 UK award winning feature films for the BFI, UK Film Council and Scottish Screen. Until recently, he was also Professor of Film and Television at Edge Hill University until his retirement in December 2019.