Fri 2 July 8:15pm
Tue 6 July 7:00pm
Director: Kelly Reichardt
Starring: John Magaro, Orion Lee, Toby Jones
Visionary director Kelly Reichardt once again turns her perceptive and patient eye on the rhythms of daily life in the Pacific Northwest, this time evoking an authentically hardscrabble early nineteenth century way of life.
A taciturn loner and skilled cook (John Magaro) has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon Territory, but he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant (Orion Lee) who is also seeking his fortune.
Soon, the two collaborate on a successful business, although its longevity is entirely reliant upon stealing milk from a wealthy landowner’s (Toby Jones) prized milking cow.
From this simple premise, First Cow constructs an interrogation of foundational Americana steeped in a sensitive and humorous depiction of male friendship that is driven by the mounting suspense of rural America’s unsettling quietude.
★★★★★ “A MAJOR WORK FROM A GREAT AMERICAN FILMMAKER” Rolling Stone
★★★★★ “CONSTANTLY TRANSFIXING” Little White Lies
★★★★★ “RIVETING” Daily Telegraph