WEEK IN WOMEN: Andrea Arnold Reunites with IFC for COW – Brandy McDonnell reports

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IFC Films is acquiring North American rights to Cow, a new documentary directed by Academy Award-winning English filmmaker Andrea Arnold.

Shot over seven years, “Cow” had its world premiere in the newly created Cannes Premiere section at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in France.

“This film is an endeavour to consider cows. To move us closer to them. To see both their beauty and the challenge of their lives. Not in a romantic way but in a real way. It’s a film about one dairy cow’s reality and acknowledging her great service to us. When I look at Luma, our cow, I see the whole world in her,” Arnold said in a statement.

The film is produced by Kat Mansoor of Halcyon Pictures. It is executive produced by Rose Garnett of BBC Films and Maxyne Franklin and Sandra Whipham of Doc Society, according to a news release.

IFC Films previously collaborated with Arnold on her award-winning film “Fish Tank,” which starred Katie Jarvis and Michael Fassbender.

“We are beyond thrilled to reunite with Andrea again after the incredible debut of ‘Fish Tank’ over a decade ago. ‘Cow’ is a poignant extension of her remarkable career and we are looking forward to sharing this emotional and deeply universal story with audiences across North America,” said Arianna Bocco, president of IFC Films, in a statement. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.