We’re happy to offer our DC readers the chance to attend a special advance screening of First Cow, followed by a Q&A with director/writer Kelly Reichardt. The film stars John Magaro, Orion Lee, Lily Gladstone, Ewen Bremner, Alia Shawkat, Toby Jones, Scott Shepherd, and Rene Auberjonois in his final role.
SYNOPSIS: Kelly Reichardt once again trains her perceptive and patient eye on 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, 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 again shows her distinct talent for depicting the peculiar rhythms of
daily living and ability to capture the immense, unsettling quietude of rural America.
The screening takes place on Wednesday, March 4th at 7:00pm and will be held at The Reach at The Kennedy Center. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director/writer Kelly Reichardt. If you’d like to attend, simply send an RSVP email to A24WashingtonDC@gmail.com.
First Cow opens on March 13th.