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First Cow
First Cow
2019 United States 122 min N-13
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“The bird a nest, the spider a web,
man friendship.” – William Blake, “The Proverbs of Hell” 

A sensitive story of a friendship is set in the inhospitable territories of Oregon in 1820s. Cookie – a taciturn loner and skilled cook – has endured traveling west with a group of fur trappers. King-Lu – a Chinese immigrant seeking his fortune – has been running from the murder charge. The two find true connection after chance encounter and soon start a successful but dangerous biscuit business, reliant upon the clandestine participation of a wealthy landowner’s cow. 

“Similarly to sound which always is stronger in silence, the accidental companionship of two wanderers powerfully radiates in the dark tones of Kelly Reichardt’s new film. Representing the swampy development of America towards capitalism and subsequent moral dilemmas, the film subtly questions the tendency of hierarchy to prevail in a land where all the immigrants and newcomers could coexist without it. The sole antidote to this becomes the attentiveness to each other, which equals being home for one another.” (Aistė Račaitytė)

World Premiere: Berlin Film Festival, Official Competition, 2020
Awards: Best Film, New York Film Critics Circle Awards, 2020
Awards
A sensitive story of a friendship between a skilled cook and immigrant seeking his fortune, set in the inhospitable territories of Oregon in 1820s.
Director's biography
Kelly Reichardt (b. 1964, Miami) screenwriter and director, who made her feature debut with River of Grass (1994) at Sundance Film Festival. Her second feature Old Joy (2006), like First Cow, based on a story by the novelist Jonathan Raymond, was the first American film to win the Tiger award in Rotterdam. Her other feature films include: Wendy and Lucy (2008), Meek’s Cutoff (2010), Night Moves (2013) and Certain Women (2016, “Kino Pavasaris”).

7.8
Total votes: 69
Director(s) - Kelly Reichardt
Screenwriter(s) - Kelly Reichardt, Jon Raymond
Actors - John Magaro, Orion Lee, Toby Jones, Ewen Bremner
Producer(s) - Neil Kopp, Vincent Savino, Anish Savjani
Cinematographer - Christopher Blauvelt
Editor(s) - Kelly Reichardt
Sound - 
Composer(s) - William Tyler
Sales agent -
Distributor - Kino Pavasaris Distribution
Production company -
Translation - Edvardas Vaišvila
Dialogues - English
Subtitles - Lithuanian
Awards
A sensitive story of a friendship between a skilled cook and immigrant seeking his fortune, set in the inhospitable territories of Oregon in 1820s.
Director's biography
Kelly Reichardt (b. 1964, Miami) screenwriter and director, who made her feature debut with River of Grass (1994) at Sundance Film Festival. Her second feature Old Joy (2006), like First Cow, based on a story by the novelist Jonathan Raymond, was the first American film to win the Tiger award in Rotterdam. Her other feature films include: Wendy and Lucy (2008), Meek’s Cutoff (2010), Night Moves (2013) and Certain Women (2016, “Kino Pavasaris”).

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