If there was a prize for most unusual film title of the year, The Cow Who Sang A Song Into The Future might just take it. But there is more to this new release than a curious name.
In a small town in southern Chile, tragedy strikes when thousands of fish die due to pollution in the river. However, something strange happens amidst the lifeless bodies – a woman named Magdalena emerges, despite having passed away long ago. Her sudden appearance shocks her widowed husband and prompts the return of their daughter, Cecilia. As Magdalena’s presence stirs curiosity and fear among her family, they begin to question the effects of the environment on her return. As they delve deeper into the past, Magdalena and Cecilia find an opportunity to change the future.
The Cow Who Sang A Song Into The Future, a debut feature film by Francisca Alegría, premiered in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. The film tells a surreal eco-drama, part magical sci-fi, and is fully engaging. Shot in the stunning landscapes of Chile by Inti Briones, the cinematographer for Sovereign’s release Song Without A Name, the film features a wonderful lead performance from Mía Maestro (Hannibal) as Magdalena. Sensitively scored by Pierre Desprats, the film has received critical acclaim and has been nominated for numerous awards at film festivals, including the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival 2022, the CineRebels Award at Munich Film Festival, Best Film at Riviera International Film Festival, and the Bright Horizons Award at Melbourne International Film Festival.
The inspiration behind the film came from a real event that occurred in Chile in 2017 – the unexplained death of thousands of fish in a river. Alegría wondered if the fish knew that something was wrong before they died and if they could see where they were going next. “A once magnanimous belief system is falling and reaching the state of agony that Mother Earth has been in for a long time… we are all suffering together now, and I wish that we could be more aware, more empathic, and more willing to listen,” she says.
Similar to Sovereign’s recent award-winning release Memoria, starring Tilda Swinton, The Cow Who Sang A Song Into The Future is a meditative masterpiece, showcasing powerful moments and striking images. It is a unique film that reminds us to always consider the impact of our choices on others. The film will be released in UK cinemas on March 24th.
The Cow Who Sang A Song Into The Future