"A dazzling achievement!" - The New York Times

"Simple and moving." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Friday, February 2, 5:30 p.m. | A landmark film in Iranian cinema, Mehrjui’s THE COW gained international acclaim when it won the Critics Prize at the Venice Film Festival and caught the eye of Ayatollah Khomeini, whose admiration and encouragement of the film ushered in the New Wave of Iranian cinema. In rural Iran, the death of his beloved cow drives the villager Hassan into madness. A visionary exploration of grief, THE COW is an allegorical portrait of poverty and mortality.

Awards & Nominations

Winner - Winner FIPRESCI Prize, Venice Film Festival 
Nominee - Gold Hugo, Chicago International Film Festival

Annual Festival of Films from IranFor our 35th Iranian spotlight, the Film Center proudly presents 11 films—including ten Chicago premieres—from directors working within and outside of Iran. Join us for a week of embracing and changing perspectives, connecting with new voices, and exploring Iran’s political, social, and cultural world. View full festival.

The Film Center is ADA accessible. This presentation will be projected without open captions. The theater is hearing-loop equipped. For accessibility requests, please email filmcenter@saic.edu