The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future
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) 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.
Reviews More Reviews
"Critic's Pick! The power of Alegría’s feature debut is found... in the lyrical, magical realist qualities of folklore."
“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.”
“A wonder! Firmly cements its director as a distinctive voice in Chilean cinema”
“A magical realist eco-fable... teeming with thought-provoking ideas.”
"Mysterious and elegiac, a tale of warning about a collapsing ecosystem and about deep family wounds."
"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.”
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- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Color: Color
|American Cinematheque||Los Angeles||CA||1687406400June 22 - June 30, 2023|
|Austin Film Society||Austin||TX||1686715200June 14 - June 17, 2023|
|Brattle Theatre||Cambridge||MA||1690516800July 28 - July 31, 2023|
|Circle Cinema||Tulsa||OK||1684468800May 19 - May 25, 2023|
|Digital Gym Cinema||San Diego||CA||1685678400June 2 - June 8, 2023|
|FilmScene||Iowa City||IA||1686888000June 16 - June 22, 2023|
|Gene Siskel Film Center||Chicago||IL||1686283200June 9 - June 15, 2023|
|Laemmle Theatres||Los Angeles||CA||1685073600May 26 - June 1, 2023|
|Landmark Nuart Theatre||Los Angeles||CA||1685073600May 26 - June 1, 2023|
|Lumiere Cinema||Los Angeles||CA||1686283200June 9 - June 15, 2023|
|Mesilla Valley Film Society||Mesilla||NM||1689307200July 14 - July 20, 2023|
|MSP Film Society||Minneapolis||MN||1686283200June 9 - June 15, 2023|
|Northwest Film Forum||Seattle||WA||1689739200July 19 - July 30, 2023|
|Plaza Theatre||Atlanta||GA||1685073600May 26 - June 1, 2023|
|Quad Cinema||New York||NY||1684468800May 19 - June 1, 2023|
|Sudbury Indie Cinema||Sudbury||ON||1687492800June 23 - July 20, 2023|
|Suns Cinema||Washington||DC||1685678400June 2 - June 8, 2023|
|The Beverly Theater||Las Vegas||NV||1685678400June 2 - June 8, 2023|
|The Little Theatre||Rochester||NY||1685764800June 3 - June 4, 2023|