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La vaca que cant贸 una canci贸n hacia el futuro

After drowning years ago, Magdalene rises from a poisoned river with a mission. A magical-realist feature debut by Francisca Alegria.

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Deze voorstelling maakt deel uit van Rialto Filmclub met als gastspreker deze maand Ernst-Jan Pfauth.

La vaca que cant贸 una canci贸n hacia el futuro

Accompanied by the song of dying fish, a woman rises from a poisoned river. Years ago, Magdalene drowned herself by driving her motorcycle into the water; now she returns among the living, with a mission. In the family she left behind, resentment threatens to spread to the next generation. And that's nothing compared to the relationship crisis between humanity and the rest of creation - the fish, and the river, know all about that.

This ecofeminist fable dissolves the boundaries between past, present and future; between death and life; between human and nonhuman; between woman and man, mother and child. That the fish in the river and the cows on Magdalene's husband's dairy farm possess the ability to reflect on their existence is therefore entirely natural. Drenched in magical realism, this feature debut tells a story of loss, reconciliation and hope in powerful images.


Y todo el cielo cupo en el ojo de la vaca muerta
Francisca Alegria | Chile | 2016 | 19' | Spanish spoken | English subtitles
Francisca Alegr铆a plays with a number of themes that also recur in her feature debut La vaca que cant贸 una canci贸n hacia el futuro. On the day her son's entire herd inexplicably collapses, 85-year-old Emeter铆a welcomes distinguished visitors.

FRANCISCA ALEGR脥A (1986, Chile) graduated in Directing from the Universidad Cat贸lica de Chile and obtained an M.F.A. in Screenwriting and Directing from Columbia University. Her short And The Whole Sky Fit In The Dead Cow鈥檚 Eye won Best International Fiction Short at Sundance 2017. Her debut feature La vaca que cant贸 una canci贸n hacia el futuro premiered in Sundance鈥檚 World Cinema Dramatic Competition 2022.