Francisca Alegria

Chile, France, United States, Germany, 2022 / 93 min / Spanish with English subt. / Drama

In a river in the south of Chile, fish are dying due to pollution from the nearby cellulose factory. Amid their floating bodies, long-deceased Magdalena bubbles up to the surface gasping for air, bringing with her old wounds and a wave of family secrets. The shocking sight of Magdalena sends her widowed husband into turmoil and prompts their daughter, Cecilia, to return home to the family’s dairy farm. There, Magdalena’s presence reverberates among her family, instigating fits of laughter and despair in equal measure with everyone but Cecilia’s eldest child, who seeks her grandmother’s love and unconditional understanding during a time of transition. A choir of creatures introduces a world delicately constructed by fantasy, mystery, and magical realism. Following her award-winning short film, And the Whole Sky Fit in the Dead Cow’s Eye (2017 Sundance Film Festival), Francisca Alegría’s feature debut continues her ruminative exploration of environmental tragedy, 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.

Sat 05/03 21:15 Ciné Utopia OV ES with ENG.subt Public
Tue 08/03 20:30 Cinémathèque OV ES with ENG.subt Public
Sat 12/03 10:00 Kinepolis Kirchberg OV ES with ENG.subt Public

"A woman who comes back to life in a river full of dying fish paves the way for a moving and magical tale of environmentalism." IndieWire 

  • Official selection, World Dramatic Competition, Sundance, 2021 (USA)
  • Official selection, World Dramatic Competition, Sundance, 2021 (USA)
Cast & Credits
Leonor Varela , Mia Maestro, AlfredoCastro, Marcial Tagle, Enzo Ferrada, Luis Dubó
Francisca Alegría, Fernanda Urrejola, Manuela Infante
Inti Briones
Andrea Chignoli, Carlos Ruiz-Tagle
Javier Neira, Jean-Guy Véran, Benoît Gargonne
Cinéma Defacto, Match Factory Productions, Andrés Wood Producciones
The Match Factory

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. Alegría’s debut feature, THE COW WHO SANG A SONG INTO THE FUTURE was selected for the Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Labs and will premiere in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.

  • 2022 The Cow Who Sang A Song Into The Future