First Reformed

First Reformed

A FILM BY: Paul Schrader
WRITTEN BY: Paul Schrader
STARRING: Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer

***Director Paul Schrader in attendance for a post-film Q&A***

Presented as part of THE CHICAGO CRITICS FILM FESTIVAL

Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the church is now a tourist attraction catering to a dwindling congregation, eclipsed by its nearby parent church, Abundant Life, with its state-of-the-art facilities and 5,000-strong flock. When a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks Reverend Toller to counsel her husband, a radical environmentalist, the clergyman finds himself plunged into his own tormented past, and equally despairing future, until he finds redemption in an act of grandiose violence. From writer-director Paul Schrader (TAXI DRIVER, AMERICAN GIGILO, AFFLICTION) comes a gripping thriller about a crisis of faith that is at once personal, political, and planetary.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 108 mins
Format: DCP