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Director Dariush Mehrjui Iran 1969

100 min., OV with English subs

Followed by a talk with Ehsan Khoshbakht and Golbarg Rekabtalaei

The Cow

Exploring with a dazzling intensity the themes of solitude and obsession, this milestone of the Iranian New Wave tells the story of a poor villager (unforgettably played by stage actor Ezzatolah Entezami) whose only source of joy and livelihood is his cow. One night the cow is mysteriously killed and that’s when the madness, or rather transformation, begins. Based on short stories by Marxist psychiatrist Gholam-Hossein Saedi, it was banned from export but was smuggled to Venice Film Festival where it was highly praised

Ehsan Khoshbakht is a film curator, writer and filmmaker. He co-directs Il Cinema Ritrovato, the festival of classics and film restoration in Bologna. An architect by training, he has written extensively on film, architecture, and jazz, as well as on American and Iranian cinemas.

Golbarg Rekabtalaei is a cultural historian of modern Iran, with a broader focus on the modern Middle East. She is interested in the relationships between cinema, modernity, cosmopolitanism, urbanisation, nationalism, and revolutions. In 2019 she authored Iranian Cosmopolitanism: A Cinematic History. Rekabtalaei is currently an Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern History and the Co-Director of the Middle Eastern Studies Program at Seton Hall University.