30.09. - 09.10.2021

The Cow Iran 1969 | 100 min | OV with English subtitles | Black & White | FF 2013

Dariush Mehrjui

Dariush Mehrjui (*1939) was a pioneer of neo-realism in Iran and thus also of new Iranian cinema. The Cow was his second film, winning the critics' prize in Venice in 1971.

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Hassan's most valuable possession is his cow. At the same time, it is the only cow in the village. But when Hassan has to leave for a short while, the pregnant animal is found dead in its shed. The villagers try to cover up the incident when Hassan returns, claiming the cow has run away. The animal's disappearance leads to Hassan losing first his social standing and then his mind. He's now convinced he is a cow. The film was only approved by the Iranian censor after an introductory sequence had been added, setting the poverty portrayed in a time decades earlier. The Cow is seen as one of the most important Iranian films ever made.
Original title: Gaav
Film type: Fiction Feature
Original language: Persian
Section: Iran Deluxe
Language and subtitles: OV with English subtitles
Director: Dariush Mehrjui
Screenplay: Dariush Mehrjui, Gholam-Hossein Saedi
Cast: Ezzatolah Entezami, Firouz Behjat-Mohamadi, Mahmoud Dowlatabadi, Parviz Fannizadeh, Jamshid Mashayekhi
Producer: Dariush Mehrjui
Director of Photography: Fireidoon Ghovanlou
Music: Mormoz Farhat
Production Design: Esmail Arham Sadr
Editor: Dariush Mehrjui, Zani Khalaj
Sound: 0
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Format: 35 mm
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Production: Iranian Ministry of Culture


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