Hull Independent Cinema presents: FIRST REFORMED
6 Sep 2018, Hull Truck Theatre, Hull
Paul Schrader| 2018 | USA | 113 mins | Cert 15
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Hull Truck Theatre is open all day, so head along early to enjoy a drink or some food from their cafe-bar.
Doors to the screening room open around ten minutes before the performance starts
7:00pm: Programme starts. Introductions and trailers (10 mins). Main feature, FIRST REFORMED
9:00pm: Programme ends
From legendary writer-director Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, American Gigolo, Raging Bull) comes a gripping new film that ranks among his very best work.
Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan 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 (Amanda 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 stop events spiralling out of control.
With an outstanding cast that includes Ethan Hawke (Boyhood, Maggie’s Plan), Amanda Seyfried (Les Misérables, Twin Peaks) and Cedric Kyles (Larry Crowne, Barbershop), Schrader has delivered a thrillingly fierce film that features an utterly mesmerizing performance from Hawke in the lead role.
Awards and reviews
Winner, Best Director – Jury Prize, Main Programme, FEST Int’l Film Festival
Winner, Green Drop Award; Nominee, Best Film, Venice Film Festival 2017
“Ultimately its sheer archness reveals Paul Schrader as a gifted and deeply persuasive evangelist of the transcendental style – if not quite a canon saint.”
– John Semley, The Globe and Mail
“This is a movie about faith tested, and people trying to reconcile hope with a world that can feel hopeless. It’s a film to be seen in a dark theater with an audience hushed in reverence of the power of cinema.” – Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
FIRST REFORMED is rated 15. Visit the BBFC website for full details (may include plot spoilers).