“Ballad of a White Cow” wins student jury award at Crime and Punishment Film Festival

TEHRAN – “Ballad of a White Cow”, a co-production between Iran and France, won the Student Jury Prize at the 11th International Crime and Punishment Film Festival in Istanbul, Turkey.

Directed by Behtash Sanaeiha and Maryam Moqaddam, the film received the Golden Scale Feature Film Competition Award judged by a jury chaired by Iranian director and actress Niki Karimi.

The film follows Mina, a woman whose life is turned upside down when she learns that her husband Babak was innocent of the crime for which he was executed.

The authorities apologize for the mistake and offer the prospect of financial compensation. Mina begins a silent battle against a cynical system for herself and for her daughter. As his money runs out, a stranger named Reza knocks on his door, saying he has come to repay a debt he owed Babak. Mina is guarded at first, but increasingly lets Reza into her life, ignoring the secret that binds them to each other.

The film has already won awards at several festivals, including the Pilar Miró ‘award for best new director at SEMINCI – Valladolid International Film Festival in Spain and the award for best narrative feature at the Der Neue Heimatfilm festival in Austria.

The Crime and Punishment Film Festival ended last Thursday by honoring “107 Mothers” as best film.

Directed by Peter Kerekes, the film is a Slovak, Czech and Ukrainian co-production.

It tells the story of Lesya, who committed a crime of passion for which she was sentenced to seven years in one of Odessa’s women’s correctional facilities.

“Les Enfants Terribles”, a Franco-German and Turkish co-production directed by Ahmet Necdet Çupur, and “A Balance” by Japanese director Yujiro Harumoto won the special jury prizes.

The award for best short film went to “Good Thanks, You? By Molly Manning Walker from UK.

The film is about Amy who remains speechless, trapped in a whirlwind of incompetence following an attack. She must find a way to deal with what happened, in order to save what matters most to her.

Photo: “Ballad of a white cow” by Behtash Sanaeiha and Maryam Moqaddam.


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