Image caption: Production image from Vincent Van Gogh. Courtesy of Exhibition on Screen.
We’re showing two films this week: Vincent Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing and First Reformed. Scroll down for more information about First Reformed.
June 16, 18, 19, and 21
Exhibition on Screen
VINCENT VAN GOGH: A NEW WAY OF SEEING
Directed by David Bickerstaff
90 min | Documentary | 2015
Ticket prices: Adult $10, senior/student $9, Downing member $8
About the Film
Perhaps more than any other artist, Van Gogh’s life has long captured the imagination of storytellers. Delving deep into his fascinating and sometimes deeply troubled world comes this definitive, award-winning documentary directed by David Bickerstaff. Showcasing Van Gogh’s iconic works like never before and featuring exclusive interviews with the curatorial team at the Van Gogh Museum, this EXHIBITION ON SCREEN favourite from Season 2 makes a welcome return to the big screen.
Rated R for some disturbing violent images
Written and directed by Paul Schrader | In English
Starring Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, and Cedric Kyles
108 min | Drama, Thriller | 2018
About the Film
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.
There are powerhouse movies that knock you for a loop and take weeks to recover from—and then there is Paul Schrader’s First Reformed. Not only is this faith-in-crisis drama one of the legendary writer-director’s most incendiary films ever, it’s one of the year’s very best—a cinematic whirlwind that leaves you both exhilarated and spent.
—Peter Travers, Rolling Stone