Holy Cow

  • Imam Hasanov
  • Azerbaijan, Germany, Romania, Qatar
  • 2016
  • 74 min
  • World Premiere
  • IDFA Competition for First Appearance
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Tapdyg leads a simple life with his wife and children in a remote mountain village in Azerbaijan. But he has come up with a revolutionary plan that he thinks will make a better life for himself and his family. He plans on buying a European cow that produces more milk than traditional cattle. As well as having to save for a long time and borrowing money from acquaintances to make the purchase, Tapdyg also needs permission from the village elders. They are completely against it: in their minds, any kind of foreign influence would be bad for this isolated village, and they wonder whether this kind of beast could survive there anyway. Even his wife begs him not to do it – what would the neighbors think? This increasing resistance only strengthens Tapdyg’s resolve to follow his dream. Full of determination, he pins a magazine photo of his dream cow on his wall and starts setting up a cowshed. It’s not long before Tapdyg infects the other villagers with his little act of courage and his burgeoning success. This magical and uplifting celebration of single-minded tenacity is a feel-good movie about making our dreams come true. It shows how human beings handle change and react to globalization when it affects them directly – even in the smallest village in the Caucasus Mountains.



  • 74 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Azerbaijani
  • Subtitles in: English
Imam Hasanov
Andra Popescu for Conset Films, Veronika Janatkova for Kloos & Co. Medien GmbH, Stefan Kloos for Kloos & Co. Medien GmbH
Sarvar Javadov
Philipp Gromov
Involved TV Channel
ARTE Deutschland
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IDFA history

World Premiere
IDFA Competition for First Appearance
Supported with €30000 for Europe: Distribution for International Co-production

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