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SFFILM Festival

The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future

Directed by Francisca Alegría

Chile | 93

28 Apr
Thu, Apr 28, 2022 at 8:30 pm PT
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Guests Expected

Director Francisca Alegría and Co-Writer Fernanda Urrelajo are expected to attend.


Long-dead matriarch Magdalena emerges from deep in the waters of Chile’s Cruces River, seemingly called forward by Mother Nature herself. As she walks past dead fish washed up along the riverbank, it is unclear whether Magdalena’s return is a sign or a warning. At once poignant and surprising, director Francisca Alegría’s debut feature creates a stunning magical realist tale of familial legacy and loss, set against a backdrop of environmental decline. As Magdalena arrives at her family’s dairy farm and makes herself known, the frictions that tear at the family and the land she once knew become clear.

Director Francisca Alegría

Chilean writer-director Francisca Alegría’s journey toward her art began at 13 when she started directing the movies she and her sister made during trips to the Andes with their grandfather. After earning her MFA at Columbia University, she started her career making short films, including And the Whole Sky Fit in the Dead Cow’s Eye (2016), winner of the International Fiction Short Film Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival. The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future (2022) is her first feature.

Film Details

Language Spanish

Original Language Title La Vaca Que Cantó Una Canción Hacia El Futuro

Year 2022

Premiere California

Runtime 93

Country Chile, France, USA, Germany

Director Francisca Alegría

Executive Producer Casey Bader, Alec Baldwin, Bill Reedy, Emily Reedy, Rick Rosenthal, Nancy Stephens, Christine Woodhouse

Producer Tom Dercourt, Alejandra Garcia

Editor Andrea Chignoli, Carlos Ruiz-Tagle

Cinematographer Inti Briones

Closed Captions Closed captions are not available for this screening.

Audio Description Audio description is not available for this screening.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is not currently scheduled for this event. For more information about ASL interpretation at our events, e-mail ADA@SFFilm.org.