Ballad of a White Cow
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    Ballad of a White Cow

    Directed by

    Iran

    2021

    105 min

    • Persian

    Drama

    Mina’s life is turned upside down when she learns that her husband Babak was innocent of the crime for which he was executed. The authorities apologise for the mistake and offer the prospect of financial compensation. Mina starts a silent battle against a cynical system for her own and her daughter’s sake. Just as her money is running out, a stranger named Reza knocks at her door, saying he has come to repay a debt he owed to Babak. Mina is guarded at first, but increasingly lets Reza into her life, unaware of the secret that ties them to one another. Behtash Sanaeeha and Maryam Moghaddam masterfully present guilt and atonement, a classic trope of Iranian film, as a cinema of small, precise gestures and spaces. Maryam Moghaddam excels in the role of a Mina caught between loneliness and her struggle for self-determination.

    Awards

    • Audience Award - Berlinale

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Maryam Moghadam
    Alireza Sani Far
    Pouria Rahimi
    Avin Poor Raoufi
    Mohammad Heidari
    Screenplay
    Behtash Sanaeeha
    Maryam Moghadam
    Mehrdad Kouroshniya
    Cinematography
    Amin Jafari
    Editing
    Ata Mehrad
    Behtash Sanaeeha
    Music
    Hossein Ghourchian
    Abdolreza Heydari
    Sales
    TOTEM FILMS
    Production
    CARACTERES PRODUCTIONS
    Production
    FILMSAZAN COOPERATION

    Press

    An absorbing tale of grief and guilt, this compelling drama...has a slow-burn power.

    IndieWire

    Finely crafted and deeply compelling drama.

    Sarah Ward, Screen Daily

    A story of resilience in a society that puts enormous limits on women.

    Peter Debruge, Variety

    All of the actors are excellent but Moghaddam is nothing short of magnificent.

    Vladan Petkovic, Cineuropa

    Behtash Sanaeeha

    Behtash Sanaeeha

    Iran

    Born in shiraz in 1980, Behtash Sanaeeha is graduated in civil engineering(BA),later he left his master program in architecture and started to write scripts and directing short films, documentaries and commercials .He also wrote and directed two animated tv series and a TV fiction film. In 2015 he directed his first feature film, RISK OF ACID RAIN.

    Selected Filmography

    Maryam Moghaddam

    Maryam Moghaddam

    Maryam Moghaddam is an Iranian actress and director. She is best-known for her role in the Jafar Panahi's and Kambuzia Partovi's film CLOSED CURTAIN (2013), which premiered at the 63rd Berlinale. She was educated at the International School of the Performing Arts in Sweden before making her film debut in ZERO HEIGHTS (1994). Her latest directorial work is the film BALLAD OF A WHITE COW (2021) co-directed with Behtash Sanaeeha.