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First Cow

“History hasn’t happened yet. But it’s coming.” The latest feature from Kelly Reichardt – one of the best filmmakers at work anywhere in the world today – examines the roots of free trade, capital and capitalism.

At the beginning of the 19th century, fur trappers are not the only ones to venture into the wilds of Oregon; there’s also a taciturn cook, a loner who finds an able entrepreneur and friend in a Chinese immigrant. The two start a small trade in “oily cakes”, which turns out to be a great success in the rough West. The only catch: the raw material they use is acquired illegally.

Reichardt co-wrote the screenplay with regular collaborator Jonathan Raymond, and the film confirms her talent for telling stories of an America filled with promise, far from the big cities. Like a Western, the film pays tribute to characters on the margins of society who must take destiny into their own hands – only here, instead of guns, there’s a spoonful of honey and a pail of milk.

Tickets for cinema screenings will go on sale after the Prime Minister’s announcement on 10 May about Step 3 of the roadmap out of lockdown, which will confirm our reopening on 17 May. Priority booking will be available to HOME Friends, followed by HOME members with tickets on general sale from 13 May.

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