Debut Trailer for Paul Schrader’s Religious Thriller FIRST REFORMED with Ethan Hawke

FIRST REFORMED is a drama thriller film written and directed by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, American Gigolo, Affliction), which was screened in the main competition section of the 74th Venice International Film Festival. It stars Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, and Cedric Kyles.

Reverend Ernst Toller (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 (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.

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