This story takes place in the post-soviet period, after the Armenian-Azeri conflict. This could be described as a time when a huge empire was being ruined and different conflicts raised between nations.
The film tells about a village situated near the conflict zone, where the benefactor of Armenian descent from America opened a charitable canteen and a nearby farm where refugees from different places worked.
The story begins when the villagers find a buffalo list in the sloe, semi-brutal and half alive. They bring the buffalo to the farm, where it is regarded as a stranger and treated as an enemy by the dogs guarding the farm, animals gathered from here and there and farmers and refugees tired from the war who became brutal because of the far away explosions.
We see the village life during the whole year through the eyes of the buffalo. Summer…autumn…and winter pass. The weather changes, but the monotonous life in the village goes on slowly. Following the buffalo we see the life surrounding the farm and the village.
Director: Harutyun Khachatryan
Writer: Harutyun Khachatryan, Mikayel Stamboltsyan
(Co-)producers: Golden Apricot, Volya Films, Armenian Film Center
Release Date: 2009
Partners: Golden Apricot Fund for Cinema Development, Armenian National Film Centre, Hubert Bals Fund, Netherlands Film Fund, Hayfilm Studio
Length: 82 minutes
Director of photography: Vrezh Petrosyan
Editors: Harutyun Khachatryan, Karen Baghinyan
Sound engineer: Karen Tsaturyan, Paruyr Baghyan, Mikayel Stamboltsyan, Hayk Israyelyen, Anahit Kasayan
Composers: Avet Terteryam
Festivals: International Film Festival Rotterdam 2009 | Cinéma du Réel Paris 2009 | World Fest Houston | Syracuse | Moscow | Belgian Royal Film Archive Festival | Karlovy Vary | Split | Batumi | Hamburg | Cinemateca Uruguay | Romania | Pusan | Warsaw | Antalya | Tokyo | The Hague | Festival Dei Popoli | Listopad | Gijón | Tallinn Black Nights | Around the World Berlin | Tbilisi | Kinoatelje | Dubai