Paul Schrader needs no introduction in filmland written some of the classics from the 1970’s and 1980’s. We have waited a long time to say, ‘A great Paul Schrader Film’, July that may change with the release of First Reformed.
Starring Ethan Hawke as a conflicted man of the cloth, Reverend Toller a parish priest whose tormented from his past.
The film has been doing the rounds at recent Film Festivals, leaving with some rave reviews. Some are comparing this new film with Taxi Driver which Schrader wrote. Wrestling with the darkness of humanity whilst questioning his faith in religion.
A24 is releasing the film stateside and that’s a studio that’s provided some recent critical and Oscar successful films. It’s Picturehouse here and today they have released the film’s UK Trailer…
From legendary writer-director Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, American Gigolo, Raging Bull) comes a gripping new film that ranks among his very best work.
Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary parish priest at a small church in upstate New York, which is on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary. Now more of a tourist attraction catering to a dwindling congregation, it has long been eclipsed by its nearby parent church, Abundant Life, with its state-of-the-art facilities. When a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks Reverend Toller to counsel her husband, a radical environmentalist, Toller is plunged into his own tormented past and finds himself questioning his own future and where redemption might lie. With the pressure on him beginning to grow, he must do everything he can to stop events spiraling out of control.
First Reformed will be released in the UK and Ireland from 13th July. The film will receive its UK Premiere at Sundance London on 1st June (then again on 2nd June) and will include an extended introduction to the film by Ethan Hawke.
The film will also star Amanda Seyfried, Michael Gaston, and Cedric Kyles.
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