First Cow

directed by Kelly Reichardt

Preview Screening
USA | 2019 | 122 mins


Award-winning director Kelly Reichardt (Meek’s Cutoff, Wendy and Lucy) returns with the eagerly awaited First Cow, a gripping and glorious story of friendship and petty crime in the Old West.

Two travellers, on the run from a band of vengeful hunters in the 1820s Northwest, dream of striking it rich — but their tenuous plan to make their fortune on the frontier comes to rely on the secret use of a landowner’s prized dairy cow.

Combining sumptuous cinematography with a gently melancholic tale of pilfered dairy, sweet cakes and old-fashioned camaraderie, First Cow is the celebrated magnum opus of one of cinema’s most vital independent filmmakers.


Director: Kelly Reichardt
Screenplay: Jonathan Raymond, Kelly Reichardt
Produced by: Vincent Savino, Anish Savjani, Neil Kopp
John Magaro, Orion Lee, Toby Jones, Scott Shepherd, Gary Farmer, Lily Gladstone
Director of Photography: Christopher Blauvelt

Screening schedule

Wednesday 23 June at Freiluftkino Kreuzberg


English with German subtitles



Festivals and Awards

Berlin International Film Festival
Ghent Film Festival
Film Independent Spirit Awards

Interview with Kelly Reichardt

About the Director

Kelly Reichardt was born in Miami, Florida in 1964. After making her debut feature film River of Grass, this screenwriter, and director dedicated herself for a long time to the short film form. She returned to feature-length filmmaking with Old Joy which, like First Cow, is based on a story by the American novelist Jonathan Raymond. Reichardt’s films have screened and won prizes at international festivals. She also teaches at Bard College. The most recent of several retrospectives of her work took place in 2017 at the Museum of Modern Art.