DIRECTOR: PAUL SCHRADER
CAST: ETHAN HAWKE, AMANDA SEYFRIED, CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER
Q&A with Paul Schrader, moderated by Alissa Wilkinson, following the 8pm screening on Saturday, November 10 [sold out].
The fifth film of Schrader’s so-called “man in a room” series, which includes Taxi Driver (1976) and American Gigolo (1980), First Reformed dives into consuming obsession along with its protagonist, Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke, extraordinary), the caretaker of a historical upstate New York church who becomes gradually possessed by a horror of forthcoming ecological catastrophe, and fixated on the idea of laying down his life to punish the corporate overlords responsible. Harrowing and, finally, hallowed—a fierce and unforgettable film.