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THE COW

Iran, 1968 (MIFF 1973)

Director: Dariush Mehrjui

Dariush Mehrjui's first film, The Cow, was made independently in Iran, and its success at the 1971 Venice Film Festival has given Iranian film-making a stature long sought by small countries with struggling film industries. Inter­national recognition, so treasured, came with the critical acceptance, almost without exception, of this film and of his later The Postman, also at this year's Melbourne Festival.

The cow, for its owner Mashdi Hassan and his fellow villagers, is the focal point of existence. In carefully documented sequences, the primitive conditions and rituals in the underdeveloped parts of Iran, provide a precise background for the narrative. A hostile neighbouring clan poses a threat to the cow, which throws the village into confusion, and the cow's strange death leads Hassan to seek retribution in his own way.

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BEMANI

Iran, 2004
Bemani Iran ... Recalling the searing film The Circle (MIFF 2001), this courageous film from Dariush Mehrjui (The Pear Tree, MIFF 1999) examines the tragedy of Iranian women struggling to lead normal… More »

THE POSTMAN

Iran, 1972
Adapted from George Buchner's play, 'Woyzeck', The Postman is the second film by Daryush Mehrjui, whose first film, The Cow, is also an entry in this year's Festival. ... The postman of a quiet count… More »

THE CYCLE

Iran, 1974
This is the first film released in Iran from director Dariush Mehrjui since his earlier films, The Cowand The Postman, The Cycle looks critically at corruption in the medical services provided by the… More »

LEILA

Iran, 1997
Leila is a beautiful young woman from an affluent background. Just married to a doting husband, Reza, Leila is confronted with the painful reality of being unable to bear children. Reza, contrary to … More »

THE PEAR TREE

Iran, 1998
The latest project from veteran Iranian filmmaker Dariush Mehrjui is a contemporary fable about the redemptive power of the spirit. Mahmud (Homayun Eskandari) is a middle-aged poet and writer who ret… More »

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