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Cow Unclassified 18+

Director: Andrea Arnold
Country: UK (2021)
Genre: Documentary Themes: Animals, Cannes

Viewer advice: Contains depictions of violence towards animals


Festival favourite Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank, MIFF 2009; Red Road, MIFF 2006) gets up close and personal with a dairy cow to unveil a surprising and unknown world.

The singular visual eye of the award-winning filmmaker takes a turn for the bovine, here exploring the realities of the titular animals’ daily lives. Cows are beautiful, mostly docile creatures, and the dairy variety – bred to fulfil a very specific purpose – spend most of their time feeding and milking. But a cow’s life has its challenges and problems, too, given as they are to supporting mankind's seemingly insatiable thirst.

Six years in the making, Arnold’s fifth feature draws on her talent for capturing the natural world – seen especially in her visceral adaptation Wuthering Heights (MIFF 2012) – with both beauty and austerity. The Cannes feature Cow is an unromantic, tender portrait of the secret life of an animal often taken for granted and a generous reminder of what they give of themselves to their human ‘masters’.

“A filmmaker infectiously attuned to movement, Arnold finds a horrible, hypnotic rhythm in these gruelingly looped procedures … Powerfully confrontational.” – Variety

In Cinema

Sun 08 Aug 9:15 pm [11171]
Cow (93 mins)
Forum
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Sat 14 Aug 10:30 am [11441]
Cow (93 mins)
Forum
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
This session is bookable on a pass

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Director
Andrea Arnold
Producer
Kat Mansoor
Cinematographer
Magda Kowalczyk
Composers
Ben Turner, Simon Astall
Editors
Jacob Schulsinger, Nicolas Chaudeurge, Rebecca Lloyd
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere
Format
Digital
Company Credit
Distributor: Madman Entertainment

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