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  • Abbey Arts Centre
  • September 8, 2021
  • Wednesday, 8:00PM to 10:00PM

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First Cow

Abbey Arts Centre

Wednesday, 8:00PM to 10:00PM
September 8, 2021


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First Cow

Abbey Arts Centre

Wednesday, 8:00PM to 10:00PM
September 8, 2021

Wednesday 8th September
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First Cow

Director: Kelly Reichardt
Cast: John Magaro, Orion Lee, Toby Jones
Film Info: 122 minutes, USA, 2019, 12A


Award-winning director Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy, Certain Women) returns with this touching story of two outsiders who join forces in a tenuous plan to make their fortune on the frontiers of the American Northwest. 

In 1820s Oregon, an unlikely partnership is formed when a quiet, but skilled cook encounters a well-educated Chinese immigrant who is on the run. The two embark on setting up a business that relies on them secretly milking the first and only cow to arrive in the territory, and using the stolen liquid to make delicious biscuits and cakes. 

Grappling with market forces while duping the ruling classes, their friendship grows as they endeavour to succeed in the hostile environment of the American frontier.


Telluride Film Festival 2019
Berlin International Film Festival 2020
Locarno Film Festival 2020
International Film Festival Rotterdam 2021


Winner – Best Film, New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2020 


… a film of sparking tenderness and affection …’’  – Clarisse Loughrey, Independent (UK)

… a fable of land and freedom that serves as an up-close-and-personal portrait of friendship and a wider snapshot of America, rooted in the rich soil of the Pacific north-west.– Mark Kermode, The Observer

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