The Cow Who Sang a Song Into The Future

La Vaca Que Cantó Una Canción Hacia El Futuro | Francisca Alegría | CL/FR/US/DE 2022 | 98 Min | DCP

The cows sing just like the fish in this ecologically overfed, magical-realism-enriched family story from Chile. Wastewater from a paper factory is poisoning the Rio Cruces. Rising from it at the very beginning of the movie is Magdalena, who died many years ago, dressed in a leather outfit and a biker helmet. As her husband sees her, he suffers a heart attack, which is why their daughter Cecilia must return home to take care of the family farm. Francisca Alegría’s contemplative tale is told in breathtaking images of collapse and rebirth.

Francisca Alegría
was born in Chile and studied screenwriting and directing at Columbia University in New York. Her short film And the Whole Sky Fit in the Dead Cow’s Eye premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, which in 2022 also became the venue for her debut feature, The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future.
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Language OmeU
Cast Leonor Varela, Mia Maestro, Alfredo Castro
Writer Francisca Alegría, Manuela Infante, Fernanda Urrejola
Editing Andrea Chignoli
Cinematography Inti Briones