World soundtrack awards
First Reformed
Archived: First Reformed (2017)

director: Paul Schrader

composer: Brian Williams
With: Amanda Seyfried, Ethan Hawke, Cedric the Entertainer, a.o.

duration: 113 minutes

Official Selection - Global Cinema
Film Fest Gent - First Reformed

"There's something extremely personal about Paul Schrader's 'First Reformed'. So much so, the experience of watching it feels like spying on a confessional booth as Schrader - who was so nearly a man of the cloth himself - talks to God. 'First Reformed' is a film about losing your religion, and more than being a damning indictment of America under late capitalism, it wrestles with the despair that many of us feel right now with regards to political and social turmoil. We don't want to think of ourselves as powerless, but Schrader's film confronts that possibility, and in cutting to the bone, toys with the possibility that even if God is listening, he might be past forgiving us." (Little White Lies)

"Hawke plays a priest tormented by cancer, alcohol and traumatic memories in Schrader's ferocious drama." (The Guardian)

"An outrageous update of 'Taxi Driver' for a world of liveleak videos and climate change." (AV Club)

"An astonishing otherworldly vision... Hawke is perfectly cast and doing career-best work." (Slant) 


director: Paul Schrader
composer: Brian Williams
producer: Jack Binder, Greg Clark, Gary Hamilton, Victoria Hill, David Hinojosa, Frank Murray, Deepak Sikka, Christine Vachon
screenplay: Paul Schrader
Editor: Benjamin Rodriguez Jr.
Cinematography: Alexander Dynan

production company: Killer Films

More info

dialogue: English
subtitles: Dutch subt.
country: United States of America
year: 2017


PAUL SCHRADER (1946): Blue Collar (1978), Hardcore (1979), American Gigolo (1980), Cat People (1982), Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985), Light of Day (1987), Patty Hearst (1988), The Comfort of Strangers (1990), Light Sleeper (1992), Witch Hunt (1994, TV movie), Touch (1997), Affliction (1997), Forever Mine (1999), Auto Focus (2002), Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005), The Walker (2007), Adam Ressurected (2008), The Canyons (2013), Venice 70: Future Reloaded (2013), Dying of the Light (2014), Dog Eat Dog (2016), First Reformed (2017).

Technical Specs

format: DCP
frame: 1:1,37

Other festival films by director Paul Schrader

2013:The Canyons
2009:Adam resurrected
1992:Light sleeper
1985:Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters


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