Berlinale

The Cow That Sang a Song About the Future (La vaca que cantó una canción sobre el futuro)

Synopsis
The death of hundreds of cows brings Cecilia (45) and her children to her father’s dairy farm in the south of Chile. There she encounters her mother Magdalena (33), whose suicide has marked the family. While agonising animals sing about the future of the human race, Cecilia embarks on the path of understanding her mother and listening to nature’s voice.

Director’s note
In 2017, there was a mass death of fish in a river in Valdivia. Three years earlier, thousands of black-necked swans died in the same river, a few months after the installation of a paper mill. These two cases are but a tiny example of the current state of the world, where the destruction of entire ecosystems has become normalized. It would be easy to blame the big companies that make billions at the expense of our natural resources, but that would be ignoring our responsibility as a society and denying our free will as human beings. The signs are loud and clear, but we are not paying attention. It is as if we need nature to literally speak… or sing to us

Chile
Director: Francisca Alegría
Producers: Jirafa (Chile), Cinema Defacto (France), Snowglobe (Denmark), Bananeira Filmes (Brazil), The Match Factory (Germany)
German WCF partner: The Match Factory
World sales: tbc

Funded in the WCF jury meeting in July 2018
Funding amount: 40.000 €