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, August 4 The Patience Stone

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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Monday, August 4 at 7:00pm

Cover of The Patience StoneThe Patience Stone (Afghanistan)

Released 2012 – 102 minutes – R for sexual content, some violence, and language
In Farsi with English subtitles

Adapted from the best-selling novel by Atiq Rahimi, this film tells the story of a young woman watching over her older husband in a country torn apart by war. A bullet in the neck has reduced him to a comatose state. One day, the woman’s vigil changes. She begins to tell him about her suffering, her dreams, and her secrets. After years of living, with no voice of her own, she says things she could never have spoken before. Her husband has unconsciously become syngué sabour (the Patience Stone) - a magical black stone that, according to Persian mythology, absorbs the plight of those who confide in it. She begins to act, starting a relationship with a young soldier. Directed by Atiq Rahimi and starring Golshifteh Farahani.

This film was the Afghan entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards.


  • Asian Film Awards – nominated – Best Actress
  • Cesar Awards – nominated – Most Promising Actress
  • Gijon International Film Festival – winner – Best Actress
  • Hong Kong International Film Festival - winner – SIGNIS Award
  • Istanbul International Film Festival – winner – FACE Award
  • Toronto International Film Festival – Official Selection
  • San Francisco Film Festival - Official Selection
  • Los Angeles Film Festival - Official Selection
  • London Film Festival - Official Selection
  • Tribeca Film Festival - Official Selection

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National Medal

2008 Winner

National Medal for Museum & Library Service