First Cow

Monday 17th of January 8pm

First Cow | A Kelly Reichardt Film

First Cow screened at the 2021 Lakeside Film Festival and quickly became a Mobile Kino favourite to bring back to the big screen from time to time. The very first cow to arrive in the Pacific Northwest of America during the nineteenth century is the background story to a beautiful tale of friendship between two strangers. A Chinese immigrant and a quiet loner cook go into business together cooking and selling cakes to the local workers. Problems arise when stolen milk is discovered to be the secret ingredient.

The film will be screened in the Refugio Theatre with 2G+ rules in place. Seating will be socially distanced. All guests are required to present proof of vaccination and recent negative test results. Bring your mask to enter the cafe and theatre entrance. Expect changes to the COVID policy and check on the day of your event for updates.



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.


Monday 17th January




Refugio Theatre

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