Described by Total Film critic Jamie Graham as “Paul Schrader’s best film for 20 years”, First Reformed arrives in UK and Irish cinemas July 13. It stars Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried.
From legendary writer/director Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Blue Collar, Raging Bull), First Reformed is a gripping new film starring Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried that ranks amongst some of his very best work.
Reverend Ernst Toller (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 (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 prevent everything spiralling out of control.
With an outstanding cast that includes Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke (Boyhood, Maudie, Before Midnight), Amanda Seyfried (Les Misérables, Twin Peaks, Mamma Mia), and Cedric Kyles (Larry Crowne, Barbershop), Schrader has delivered a thrillingly fierce film that features an utterly mesmerising performance from Hawke in the lead role.
Commenting on the release for Picturehouse, Joint Managing Director Clare Binns said “Paul Schrader is an iconic writer and director who has made some of the most influential American films of the past few decades. I am thrilled to be bringing his rich, intelligent and daring new film to UK audiences.”
Compulsive, unnerving and thought-provoking in equal measures, First Reformed earned rave reviews at Toronto, Telluride, Venice, and New York film festivals. The film will receive its UK Premiere at Sundance London on June 1 and will include an extended introduction to the film by Ethan Hawke. There will be an additional screening of the film at Sundance London on June 2. The film will then be released in cinemas across the UK and Ireland by Picturehouse Entertainment on Friday July 13 2018.