French sales company Celluloid Dreams has reported strong internationalsales on Berlinale Jury Prize winner Offside, with a US deal also close to being announced.

Offside, directed by Jafar Panahi, is set during the Iran-Bahrain World Cup qualifierwhere female football fans disguise themselves as men to watch the match.Described as a Farsi Bend It Like Beckham,it has gone to France (Ad Vitam), Spain (Golem),Australia (Madman), Korea (Sponge), Brazil (Providence), Sweden (Folkets Bio), Iceland (The Green Light), Norway (Arthaus), Brazil (Providence), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Benelux (Cineart) andthe former Yugoslavia (Discovery).

A UK sale to Artificial Eye has previously been reportedand Celluloid expects to firm up US distribution shortly.

Celluloid's other Iranian title in competition at Berlin, It's Winter (Zemestan) has also gone to Providence in Brazil, with a previously-reported sale to Artificial Eye.