SCREENING PROPOSED BY CHARLÈNE DINHUT AND BENOÎT HICKÉ Director: Dariush Mehrjui (Iran, 1969, 100 ', VOSTF, restored version)
Mashdi Hassan owns a cow and dedicates all the love in the world to her. She means everything to him, but one day, when he has to be away from the village, she disappears. Hassan, mad with pain, becomes the object of a strange metamorphosis, taking himself for his cow, becoming his cow, while his village fails to do so. reason.
Dariush Mehrjui's film is considered to be one of the first of the Iranian new wave: the director turns away from the heroes and the usual stories to observe the rural reality of his country, its figures and its bare landscapes. In this village in the heart of the mountains, he deploys a formidable formal freedom, inspired by Italian neorealism, Russian cinema, and entirely invested in Iranian culture. Served in a magnificent black and white, the story oscillates on the thread between absurdity, allegory and social aim.