# fear and terror / magical realism / grief / death / ecology / dead fish / family / melancholy / resurrection / motorcycles / Chile / dreamy atmosphere / cinema exclusive / Polish premiere
THE COW WHO SANG THE SONG INTO THE FUTURE
drama / Chile, France, Germany, UK / 2022 / 1h 38min
Why do these cows sing so beautifully?
This tale, full of magical realism, begins at a riverbank in Chile, with a somber, peculiar song about longing. The words of the song flow like a river, uneasy and melancholic. At the riverbank, the fish are dying in horrible pain, nature seems to be taking her last breath around these parts. It is here, where, at the beginning of “The cow who sang a song into the future,” after having drowned in that very same river together with her motorcycle decades ago, a woman — Magdalena — is reborn. She comes back to life, breathes once again. Why? She doesn’t know. The only thing she knows is she has to go home, to her family. Her husband, ridden with guilt since her passing, her daughter, who is now an adult and still blames her mother for leaving. And finally, to her granddaughter, who is struggling to accept her own sexuality. How will they react when they see Magdalena? And why do cows in this movie sing so beautifully?
“The cow who sang a song into the future” is a work of art that borders fantasy. Very poetic, well-directed, and full of symbolism. At first, it seems to be a tale of dying nature. Then, however, it turns into a metaphor of grief that has been piling up for years and could potentially destroy families and other lives to come. Francisca Alegria’s cinematic debut is moderately paced. It requires great focus, which is later rewarded with utmost satisfaction. It allows the viewer to visit a world where everything is possible but, at the same time, nothing is clear. Here, in this reality, a dead woman coming back to life is something that is logically explainable. This logical explanation comes from ancient beliefs and legends, from Chilean mythology. In a reality where the latest technological advancements and the fast-paced everyday life, give way to the heart.
“The cow who sang a song into the future” premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and has been taking film festivals all around the world by storm ever since.
Magdalena is portrayed by the one and only Mía Maestro (“Mayans M.C.”, “The Motorcycle Diaries”). She is accompanied by, among others, Leonor Varela (“Blade II”, “The Tailor of Panama”) and Enzo Ferrada Rosati.
directed by: Francisca Alegria script: Francisca Alegria, Manuela Infante, Fernanda Urrejola cast: Mía Maestro, Leonor Varela, Enzo Ferrada Rosati director of Photography: Inti Briones editing: Andrea Chignoli, Carlos Ruiz-Tagle music: Pierre Desprats language: Spanish subtitles: Polish