Opens July 9 for a sneak preview, followed by a limited one-week run! Join renowned filmmaker Kellly Reichardt and FLC Director of Programming Dennis Lim for a free talk on Wednesday, July 8 at 5:00pm ET on our YouTube channel.

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)

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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.

Become a Film at Lincoln Center member today and save $5 on your First Cow virtual rental AND gain access to our Members-only Film Club on July 21!

Current members will be sent your discount code on Monday, July 6 via email. You may also access it at any time in your password-protected Member Corner. Members are also invited to join the FLC programming team for a special virtual edition of Film Club—a book club, but for movies—on Tuesday, July 21. Additional details and a formal invitation will follow.  New members: learn more and join our membership community!

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


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