Nominated for four Film Independent Spirit Awards and winner of the Best Screenplay and Best Actor prizes at the 2018 Gotham and New York Film Critics Circle Awards, FIRST REFORMED has emerged as a dark horse in this year's packed Oscar® race. Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reformed 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 director/writer Paul Schrader (AFFLICTION, AMERICAN GIGOLO, TAXI DRIVER) comes a gripping thriller about a crisis of faith that is at once personal, political and planetary. (Note adapted from A24 Films.) DIR/SCR Paul Schrader; PROD Jack Binder, Greg Clark, Gary Hamilton, Victoria Hill, David Hinojosa, Frank Murray, Deepak Sikka, Christine Vachon. U.S., 2017, color, 113 min. RATED R
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