The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future

Directed by Francisca Alegria

Year: 2022
Running Time: 93
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Country: Chile
Language: Spanish w/English subtitles
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The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future

Cast
Mía Maestro
Enzo Ferrada Rosati
Benjamin Soto
Alfredo Castro
Marcial Tagle
Luis Dubó

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Directed by Francisca Alegria


A choir of creatures introduces a world delicately constructed by fantasy, mystery, and magical realism in Francisca Alegría’s poignant and stunning debut feature. It begins in a river in the south of Chile where fish are dying due to pollution from a nearby factory. Amid their floating bodies, long-deceased Magdalena (Mia Maestro, Frida, The Motorcycle Diaries) bubbles up to the surface gasping for air, bringing with her old wounds and a wave of family secrets. This shocking return sends her widowed husband into turmoil and prompts their daughter Cecilia to return home to the family’s dairy farm with her own children. Magdalena’s presence reverberates among her family, instigating fits of laughter and despair in equal measure with all but Cecilia’s eldest child, who finds much-needed comfort in their grandmother’s love and unconditional understanding during a time of transition. A lyrical rumination on family, nature, renewal, and resurrection, The Cow Who Sang A Song Into The Future is an ambitious proposal for acceptance and healing, suggesting that the dead return when they are most needed.

Reviews

“Hauntingly moving and hopeful… a folkloric tale that uses magical realism as a way to connect the intimate story of a family suffering from generational trauma with a timely environmentalist fable.”

"Mysterious and elegiac, a tale of warning about a collapsing ecosystem and about deep family wounds."

“A magical realist eco-fable... teeming with thought-provoking ideas.”

"Offers a hopeful vision for collective healing.”

"Feels like the arrival of a totally new voice."

“Reminiscent of Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.”



Awards

  • Official Selection – Sundance Film Festival

  • Official Selection – Fantasia Film Festival

  • Official Selection – San Francisco Film Festival

  • Official Selection – Miami Film Festival

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