Art and Experience: The 34th Fajr International Film Festival plans to screen Iranian director Dariush Mehrjui’s acclaimed 1969 drama “The Cow”. 
“A high quality, restored version will be screened for Iranian and foreign guests of the festival during a special program,” the secretary of the festival, Reza Mirkarimi, announced on Saturday during a visit to the star of the movie, Ezzatollah Entezami, at his home.
Actor Parviz Parastui also accompanied Mirkarimi on the visit, during which they presented Entezami a poster of the festival featuring Entezami in a scene from “The Cow”, which is a forerunner of the Iranian New Wave cinema.
“I wanted to introduce this film, which won honor for us in the world, to foreign cineastes,” Mirkarimi said.
The film is about Masht Hassan, who owns the only cow in a remote and desolate village. While he is away, his cow, whom he treats as his own child, dies. Knowing the relationship between Masht Hassan and his cow, the villagers hastily dispose of the corpse, and when Masht Hassan returns, they tell him that his cow ran away. Devastated by the news, Masht Hassan starts to spend all his time in the barn eating hay and slowly begins to believe that he has become the cow.
“I studied about cows to play the role,” said 91-year-old Entezami who played the role of Masht Hassan.
“One my friend kept a cow in his garden… I spent some days in his garden, scrutinizing the behavior and actions of the cow; I learned many details about its movements to use in my portrayal of Masht Hassan,” he added.
“The Cow” won the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Prize of the Venice Film Festival in 1971. It was the first award the Iranian motion picture industry ever received in an international event.
The 34th Fajr International Film Festival will be held in Tehran from April 20 to 25.