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
Golbarg Rekabtalaei is a cultural historian of modern Iran, with a broader focus on the modern Middle East. In 2019, she authored Iranian Cosmopolitanism: A Cinematic History. Rekabtalaei is currently an assistant professor in the Department of History at Seton Hall University, where she also serves as the Co-Director of the Middle Eastern and North African Studies Program.