Cold Sweat

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Iran | 2018 | 85 minutes | Soheil Beiraghi

A tense drama loosely based on a real-life incident: No matter how good a soccer player you are, if you’re an Iranian woman, you can’t travel to the tournament finals without your husband’s OK.

"This intelligently written, well performed and emotionally rewarding second feature by writer-director Soheil Beiraghi will enlighten and entertain audiences everywhere."—Variety

Based on a true story, Cold Sweat is a riveting drama about an Iranian futsal champion, Afrooz, who finds herself unable to travel to the biggest match of her life without her husband's permission. (Futsal is a form of indoor soccer played on a handball court.) Unfortunately for her, they're in the middle of a protracted and acrimonious divorce. While initially supportive of his wife's career in professional sports, Yaser has gotten increasingly resentful and controlling in response to her success. Desperate to compete, Afrooz tries everything: She bargains with her husband; she tries to enlist the league to support her; she hires a lawyer and takes her case to court; she even launches a social-media campaign. But Yaser is bent on revenge (and on preventing what he suspects may be a bid to emigrate), and with the law on his side, there's nothing to stop him. Taut and timely, Cold Sweat features a powerhouse performance by Baran Kosari as a talented athlete and the captain of her team on one hand, and a woman who doesn't even have control over her own movements on the other.

Justine Barda

Director Biography
Iranian filmmaker Soheil Beiraghi graduated with a degree in Industries Engineering Systems Analysis. His love for cinema inspired him to leave that profession and begin his career as an assistant director and planning manager in 2004, working on more than 30 features and TV series before directing his first feature, Me, in 2015. Cold Sweat is his critically acclaimed second feature.

Sponsored by Anonymous, Babak and Sinikka Parviz, Michael and Neda Nassirian, Nima Foroutan DDS, Follow Your Feet Productions, American Iranian Business Council, ARVR Academy, Mike Moghaddas Realty, Shirin's Chic Design,  Near Eastern Languages and Civilization Department at UW, Iranian American Faculty at UW, Radio Iranshahr, and Seattle Isfahan Sister City Association

  • Original Language Title: Aragh-e-Sard
  • Director: Soheil Beiraghi
  • Principal Cast: Baran Kosari, Amir Jadidi, Sahar Dowlatshai, Leili Rashidi, Hoda Zeinolabedin
  • Country: Iran
  • Year: 2018
  • Running Time: 85 minutes
  • Producer: Mehdi Davari
  • Screenplay: Soheil Beiraghi
  • Cinematographers: Farshad Mohammadi
  • Editors: Bahram Dehghani, Mohammad Najarian
  • Music: Karen Homayoonfar
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Fajr International Film Festival 2018 (Best Actor, Supporting Actress, Film Editing)
  • Filmography: Me (2015)
  • Language: Farsi
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Noori Pictures