Now playing in our Virtual Cinema through this Thursday, August 6! Screenings begin at 7pm each night and tickets are available in advance.

We are pleased to offer our Film at Lincoln Center community the opportunity to see this film. Your screening rental will help to support FLC during this challenging time.

As a digital bonus available exclusively to FLC and participating virtual cinemas, viewers will have access to a brand-new Q&A hosted by A24 with Reichardt, moderated by Vox film critic Alissa Wilkinson.

Price: $14.99 (50% of proceeds support Film at Lincoln Center)

Rental Period: Screenings begin at 7pm ET each night and tickets are available in advance. You may begin your screening from 7pm-10pm in your viewing window and after pushing play, you have four hours to watch.

Member Discount: Film at Lincoln Center members save $5 on their rental. Not a member? Become one today and then contact members@filmlinc.org to receive your exclusive discount code.

Technical Support: Every film released in our Virtual Cinema is available through the individual distributor’s websites and streaming services. The link to rent and view the film will take you to their website, but a portion of your virtual rental will help support FLC. If you are having technical issues, please read this FAQ.


Kelly Reichardt once again trains her perceptive and patient eye on the Pacific Northwest, this time evoking an authentically hardscrabble early 19th-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, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant (Orion Lee) also seeking his fortune; soon the two collaborate on a successful business, although its longevity is reliant upon the clandestine participation of a nearby wealthy landowner’s prized milking cow. From this simple premise Reichardt constructs an interrogation of foundational Americana that recalls her earlier triumph Old Joy in its sensitive depiction of male friendship, yet is driven by a mounting suspense all its own. Reichardt shows her distinct talent for depicting the peculiar rhythms of daily living and ability to capture the immense, unsettling quietude of rural America. An NYFF57 official selection. An A24 release.


To celebrate First Cow opening in our Virtual Cinema, watch Kelly Reichardt discuss her incredible body of work at Film at Lincoln Center, including our recent live Q&A:

Read Clinton Krute’s cover feature on First Cow from Film Comment‘s March-April 2020 issue.