the mysterious THE COW WHO SANG A SONG INTO THE FUTURE in UK cinemas
Sovereign is proud to reveal the official poster and world exclusive clip for the powerful and unique THE COW WHO SANG A SONG INTO THE FUTURE released 24th March in UK cinemas. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, THE COW WHO SANG A SONG INTO THE FUTURE, the debut feature from the award-winning director Francisca Alegría, is timely, haunting and unforgettable.
Filmed in the extraordinary landscapes of Chile (by Inti Briones, the cinematographer for Sovereign release Song Without A Name), sensitively scored by Pierre Desprats, and featuring a wonderful lead performance from Mía Maestro (Hannibal) as Magdalena, a woman who, to the shock of her family, comes back from the dead, and discovers she has an important purpose to fulfil, the film is filled with striking images and quietly powerful moments. As rogerbert.com says, the film “reminds us we should go through life always thinking about how our choices will affect others”.
Like Sovereign’s recent award-winning release Memoria, starring Tilda Swinton, THE COW WHO SANG A SONG INTO THE FUTURE, this is a beautiful, meditative masterwork, part surreal eco-drama, part magical sci-fi, and fully unique and engaging.
Francisca Alegría is an award-winning filmmaker who obtained her degree in directing from the Universidad Católica de Chile and her M.F.A. in Screenwriting and Film Directing at Columbia University. Her short film And the Whole Sky Fit in the Dead Cow’s Eye received the award for Best International Fiction Short Film at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Best Latin American Short Film at Miami Film Festival and was selected at Telluride Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and New York Film Festival. THE COW WHO SANG A SONG INTO THE FUTURE is Alegría’s debut feature, and was selected for the Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Labs and premiered in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. Her film was inspired by a real event in Chile in 2017, the unexplained death of thousands of fish in a river. “Thinking of those fish,” Alegría says, “I wondered if they knew that something was wrong before they died. I wondered if they felt fear while agonising or 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.”
Synopsis: When thousands of fish die in a polluted river in southern Chile, Magdalena, a woman long-deceased, emerges amongst their lifeless bodies. Magdalena encounters her widowed husband, sending him into a state of shock and prompting the return of their daughter, Cecilia. Magdalena’s presence and her effect on the environment stirs curiosity and fear among her family. As the past comes into focus, mother and daughter meet an opportunity to change the future.