Berlinale to screen “Ballad of a White Cow”, “District Terminal” from Iran

February 12, 2021 - 18:10

TEHRAN – Iranian films “Ballad of a White Cow” and “District Terminal” will be screened during the 71st Berlin International Film Festival. 

“Ballad of a White Cow” co-directed by Behtash Sanaeiha and Maryam Moqaddam will go on screen in the official competition, and “District Terminal”, a co-production between Iran and Germany by directors Bardia Yadegari and Ehsan Mirhosseini, will have its world premiere in the Encounters section. 

“Ballad of a White Cow” is about Mina, a young woman who lives alone with her deaf child while her husband had been executed for a murder charge a year ago. She tries to get her life together, take good care of her child and make both ends meet. However, her life gets more sorrowful when she finds out that her husband was innocent.

“District Terminal” is about a junkie poet named Peyman who attempts to finish a poem, where his city of Tehran falls prey to pollution and a lethal virus. 

The festival’s 71st edition will take place in two stages. Industry platforms European Film Market, Berlinale Co-Production Market, Berlinale Talents and the World Cinema Fund will be online from March 1 to 5. 

A physical edition of the event will be organized from June 9 to 20, pandemic permitting.

Last year, Iranian filmmaker Abbas Amini was selected as a member of the jury for the Generation 14plus Section of the festival together with South African writer and director Jenna Bass and Indian filmmaker Rima Das. 

Two Iranian films “White Winged Horse” by Mahyar Mandegar and “Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness” by Masud Bakhshi were screened in the 14plus Section of the festival last year.

Also last year, “The Alien” (“Namo”) by Nader Saeivar went on screen in the Forum section and “The Kites” by Seyyed Payam Hosseini was screened in the Generation Kplus, while “Selfie with Democracy” by Ali Atshani was showcased during the European Film Market (EFM).

Photo: A scene from “Ballad of the White Cow” by Behtash Sanaeiha and Maryam Moqaddam.

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