Steve Zahn stars as Troy, a troubled but well-intentioned father who has recently separated from his wife Sally (Jillian Bell). Aghast at Sally’s refusal to let their trans son Joe (Sasha Knight) live as his authentic self, Troy runs off with Joe into the Montana wilderness. Meanwhile police detective (Ann Dowd) pursues them, but her resolve about the case is tested the more she learns about Joe’s family. COWBOYS, a modern day Western from director Anna Kerrigan, is a tale of rescue, family betrayal and a father and son on the run.
Premiered in the U.S. Narrative Competition of this year’s online edition of the Tribeca Film Festival, Cowboys won best actor honors for Zahn and best screenplay for Director Anna Kerrigan.
Anna Kerrigan| Drama | 83 Minutes | USA | $12
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FILM TEAM REVIEW
This is a touching film focusing on gender-identity issues and the complex family dynamics involved. Steve Zahn is so natural and charismatic as the troubled but unquestioning father. Sasha Knight and Jillian Bell’s nuanced performances round out this poignant tale of discovery, acceptance and love. – Julie Wostenholme, GCIFF Film Team
“Zahn brings great warmth to one of his most surprising performances yet, as does the usually radiant, unexpectedly severe Bell… both comedic actors given a chance to defy expectations in a movie that fully embraces the spirit of reinvention.” –Peter Debruge, Variety
“A modernist western unlike any other, Cowboys is packed to bursting with complex characters, outstanding performances… and an overwhelming amount of empathy.” –Andrew Parker, The Gate