First Reformed

  • Dir: Paul Schrader

  • USA, 2017, 113min, DCP

  • Cast: Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric Antonio Kyles

A scrupulous homage to both Dreyer and Bresson, Taxi Driver (1976) creator Paul Schrader’s masterwork explores the growing silences that destroy a minister amidst personal conflicts, changing church politics and a global environmental apocalypse. Anchored by Ethan Hawke’s incredible performance as the minister of a small historic church now overshadowed by megareligion, it links the intimacies of family and mentorship to a darkness of doubt and destruction with crucial supporting roles by Amanda Seyfried and Cedric the Entertainer. A powerfully religious movie imbued with faith, struggle and meaning, if not with inspiration or salvation.

2017 Venice Film Festival, In Competition

Screening:

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