Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Cow

Year: 2021
Country: UNITED KINGDOM
Run Time: 94 minutes

Cow
Cow
Cow

New life has just sprung from Luma, a seasoned dairy cow eager to meet her baby. As Luma licks her young calf clean and the two nuzzle lovingly in the first moments of her daughter’s life outside the womb, so begins COW, the intimate observations of daily life for this mother and daughter. Minimal human dialogue from the passing farmhands can be deciphered throughout the film, leaving the narration to the animals themselves. Even with limited conversation, these cows have plenty to say about their days on the farm. Cameras follow Luma and her daughter on their respective journeys of perpetual pregnancy, being pumped of milk day and night, feedings, and unbridled freedom grazing in green pastures. With rare access to each stage and cycle of these cows’ lives, audiences glean the complicated existence of these animals and the mental and physical toll they endure to provide sustenance for many. Captivating, shocking, and incredibly emotional, this documentary undoubtedly pleads for compassion and understanding for these worthy beings. —A.B.

Content Warning: This film contains material that may be difficult for some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.

CIFF46 Screenings

Mimi Ohio Theatre

Saturday, April 02, 2022 at 11:45 AM

Sunday, April 03, 2022 at 9:40 AM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

Sidebar
Only at Playhouse Square

Competitions
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Global Health Competition

Director
Andrea Arnold

Producer
Kat Mansoor

Cinematography
Magda Kowalczyk

Editing
Rebecca Llyod, Jacob Schulsinger, Nicolas Chaudeurge

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