A dairy cow strays into Cannes spotlight


In a placing departure from norm, a cow is underneath the spotlight in a 93-minute observational documentary within the Premiere line-up of the 74th Cannes Film Festival. Titled Cow, the movie, which views the world via the eyes of its bovine protagonist, is directed by Oscar-winning English filmmaker Andrea Arnold.

The movie was within the making for seven years. The modifying, in response to the filmmaker, was a three-year start-and-stop course of as a result of she stored engaged on different tasks.

The British auteur is a three-time winner of the Cannes Jury Prize. The movies that earned her the prizes are Red Road (2006), Fish Tank (2009) and American Honey (2016). Her Academy Award win was for the 2005 quick movie Wasp.

Cow is Arnold’s first-ever non-fiction movie. It focuses on a single cow on a farm and follows its life cycle, watching it in a indifferent but empathetic method because it does its major job, producing milk and calves, when she just isn’t out to pasture.

About the essence of the documentary, Arnold says: “This is the story of a reality, that of a dairy cow, and a tribute to the immense service she renders us. When I look at Luma, our cow, I see the whole world through her.”

Addressing the media after the premiere of Cow, the director who has helmed a number of episodes of the Amazon Prime collection Transparent and all the second season of the HBO present Big Little Lies, mentioned: “We usually see cows as a herd. I wanted to see a cow as an individual.”

When the concept first took form, she needed to write a pitch for the movie. “It is a hard film to explain. (The writing of the introduction) took me back to my relationship with nature as a child. That is where it started. I grew up on an estate surrounded by wilderness and I used to roam around a lot.”

Cow, she mentioned, is an try and dispel the romanticised notion of nature that the world has. “I wondered what is the reality,” Arnold added. “It is a response to the disconnection from actuality that we’re all dealing with now.

“We are sort of frightened of reality. I wanted to get in there and see what it is actually like,” she mentioned.  “The idea is to get people to engage with a non-human consciousness.”

Explaining why she selected to carry the movie again for a Cannes premiere, she mentioned: “I love it here. It is a fantastic place to have your film screened for the first time. And it is great moving from lockdowns to this. I am so happy to be inside a cinema hall again.”

Cannes, which couldn’t be held final yr because of the pandemic, is again in its bodily type with satisfactory security measures. The competition, which started on July 6, runs until July 17.


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