First Cow

A subtle and touching tale of brotherhood from acclaimed director Kelly Reichardt (Certain Women, Meek’s Cutoff). Otis ‘Cookie’ Figowitz (John Magaro), a cook, and King-Lu (Orion Lee), a Chinese worker, meet by chance in Oregon Country in the 1820s and soon become friends. Like others around them, they hope to make their fortunes on the American frontier and start a business selling cakes made with milk from the first cow that has recently arrived at their trading post. The only snag is that the cow belongs to a wealthy Englishman (Toby Jones) and they must tread carefully. With her usual sharp eye for American stories, Kelly Reichardt teamed up with her frequent cinematographer Christopher Blauvelt and her long-time writing collaborator Jonathan Raymond (whose novel they co-adapt here) to create a tender, meticulous and affecting take on new beginnings and male friendship.

Please note: all screenings on Thursdays will be captioned.


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For screenings after 19 July we will operate with a reduced capacity of 50 seats out of a possible 84.  This will generally allow for one vacant space between audience groups. 

We will also continue to strongly encourage the wearing of masks during our screenings (unless exempt) and request that no food or drink is consumed within the cinema.

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