Vedette is a cow. Vedette is a queen. In fact, she once was the queen of the queens of the Alpine pastures. But what does it do to a female when her age means she doesn’t count anymore? Filmmakers Claudine Bories and Patrice Chagnard follow this now-elderly bovine in the year she is usurped from her throne. Her owners are two local women who keep photo albums of Vedette and talk about her as if she was a member of the family. Then the two friends ask the filmmakers to look after Vedette. The cow’s confidence may have been shattered, but she’s still got her feisty personality, and she doesn’t like the idea. With time, however, cordial relations develop. Friendship, even, and communication. Far away from factory farms, Bories and Chagnard invite us to look afresh at the animals we generally take for granted.
Between 1990 and 2002, she helped run Péripherie, a creative centre dedicated to documentary cinema. She’s directed various short-films and one feature-length fiction film LA FILLE DU MAGICIEN (1990).
He studied Philosophy at the Sorbonne. Since 1977, he’s dedicated himself to directing documentaries, first for TV and then later for cinema, beginning with LE CONVOI (1995).
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