There’s a depth and beauty in the soulful eyes of Luma, an English dairy cow, whose life and times provide the subject for Andrea Arnold’s first foray into nonfiction filmmaking. Arnold is a director whose works have been distinguished by exploration and observation of character; films like Fish Tank and American Honey confirmed the originality of her voice and vision, making her a Cannes Film Festival favorite. With Cow, Arnold again finds the heart of her subject, as she follows Luma up close and personal through birthing, milking, mating, all the circumstances that make up the life cycle of a working animal. It’s a revelation, centering the animal’s perspective and rarely opening to language—just the occasional words from the farmers offscreen. The film is like rural social realism; Arnold lets her powerful images speak for themselves and to us, opening the door to empathy. It’s a profound and moving journey. –Zoë Elton
Tuesday, Oct 12, 6:00pm, CinéArts Sequoia
Thursday, Oct 14, 4:00pm, Smith Rafael Film Center
$14 Member | $16.50 General | $15 Senior | $8 Students & Youth (12 & Under)
Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Andrea Arnold was born in England. She won an Oscar® in 2005 for her short film Wasp, and three of her previous features, Red Road (2006), Fish Tank (2009), and American Honey (2016) all won the Jury Prize at Cannes.