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The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future

Directed by Francisca Alegria

Release: 2022
Runtime: 98
Country: Chile
Language: Spanish w/English subtitles

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) 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 (Leonor Varela) 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.

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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Color: Color


Venue City Date
American Cinematheque Los Angeles 1687406400June 22 - June 30, 2023
Austin Film Society Austin 1686715200June 14 - June 17, 2023
Brattle Theatre Cambridge 1690516800July 28 - July 31, 2023
Circle Cinema Tulsa 1684468800May 19 - May 25, 2023
Digital Gym Cinema San Diego 1685678400June 2 - June 8, 2023
FilmScene Iowa City 1686888000June 16 - June 22, 2023
Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago 1686283200June 9 - June 15, 2023
Laemmle Theatres Los Angeles 1685073600May 26 - June 1, 2023
Landmark Nuart Theatre Los Angeles 1685073600May 26 - June 1, 2023
Lumiere Cinema Los Angeles 1686283200June 9 - June 15, 2023
Mesilla Valley Film Society Mesilla 1689307200July 14 - July 20, 2023
MSP Film Society Minneapolis 1686283200June 9 - June 15, 2023
Northwest Film Forum Seattle 1689739200July 19 - July 30, 2023
Plaza Theatre Atlanta 1685073600May 26 - June 1, 2023
Quad Cinema New York 1684468800May 19 - June 1, 2023
Sudbury Indie Cinema Sudbury 1687492800June 23 - July 20, 2023
Suns Cinema Washington 1685678400June 2 - June 8, 2023
The Beverly Theater Las Vegas 1685678400June 2 - June 8, 2023
The Little Theatre Rochester 1685764800June 3 - June 4, 2023