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USA
2017, 108 min

Section: Horizons

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81A Friday 27/8 18:30 Grand Hall

Pastor Ernst Toller was led into the arms of the church by his turbulent past. Now, at a church somewhere in upstate New York, he looks after a small congregation, offering them spiritual advice and a kind word. Although he is a source of strength for others, his encounter with the agitated Mary and her mercurial husband Michael shakes his own apparent stability. Ethan Hawke masterfully tackles the difficult role of the doubting priest.


Synopsis

Pastor Ernst Toller was led to the Dutch Reformed Church by his turbulent past. Now, at a church somewhere in upstate New York, he looks after a small congregation, offering them spiritual advice and a kind word. Although he is a source of strength for others, his encounter with the agitated Mary and her mercurial husband Michael shakes his own apparent stability. Ethan Hawke tackles the difficult role of the doubting priest with the kind of restraint that only adds to its credibility. Paul Schrader’s film about the contradictions inherent to a life in faith seethes with drama while also smouldering beneath the surface.

Martin Horyna

Images courtesy of Park Circus/Universal

About the director

Paul Schrader (1946, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA). Selected filmography: Hardcore (1979), American Gigolo (1980), Cat People (1982), Mishima (1985), Affliction (1997), Auto Focus (2002), Adam Resurrected (2008), First Reformed (2017).​

Contacts

Park Circus Film Company Ltd
14 Gray’s Inn Road, WC1X 8HN, London
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 203 657 9507
E-mail: [email protected]

About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
   
Director: Paul Schrader
Screenplay: Paul Schrader
Dir. of Photography: Alexander Dynan
Music: Brian Williams
Editor: Benjamin Rodriguez Jr.
Art Director: Raphael Sorcio
Producer: Jack Binder, Greg Clark, Gary Hamilton, Victoria Hill, Deepak Sikka
Production: Killer Films, Omeira Studio Partners, Fibonacci Films
Coproduction: Arclight Films, Big Indie Pictures
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric Kyles, Michael Gaston
Sales: Park Circus Film Company Ltd

Guests

Ethan Hawke

Actor

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