First Reformed — Official Trailer


added: Thu, Mar 29th '18

Ethan Hawke is a grief-stricken pastor in the trailer for veteran filmmaker Paul Schrader's crisis-of-faith drama "First Reformed."

Starring alongside Amanda Seyfried and Cedric "the Entertainer" Kyles, Hawke plays a church minister and ex-military chaplain who is living with unresolved grief over the loss of his son killed during the Iraq War. But when he is asked to counsel a pregnant parishioner (Seyfried) and her radical environmentalist husband, the emotionally conflicted clergyman finds himself questioning his own faith, as well as his church's political associations with questionable corporations.

Also written by Schrader, who is perhaps best known for writing the screenplays for Martin Scorsese's masterpieces "Taxi Driver" and "Raging Bull," "First Reformed" premiered to strong reviews at last year's Venice Film Festival. The drama, acquired by A24, is now getting a theatrical release on May 18th.

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 Gigolo; Affliction) comes a gripping thriller about a crisis of faith that is at once personal, political, and planetary.


directed by   Paul Schrader

starring   Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric "the Entertainer" Kyles, Victoria Hill, Philip Ettinger

release date   May 18, 2018

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