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The Card Counter

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The Card Counter

Redemption is the long game in Paul Schrader’s The Card Counter. Told with Schrader’s trademark cinematic intensity, this revenge thriller is the story of William Tell (Oscar Isaac, in a powerful, chilling performance), an ex-military interrogator turned gambler haunted by the ghosts of his past. When a mysterious young man (Tye Sheridan, Mud, Ready Player One) approaches him with a proposition to get even with a former military contractor (frequent Schrader collaborator, Willem Dafoe, Auto Focus, Light Sleeper), Tell must decide whether to stay on the professional poker circuit, managed by his financial backer, La Linda (Tiffany Haddish in a rare dramatic turn), or venture down a much darker, more dangerous path.


9/9 Q&A with director Paul Schrader, moderated by JBFC Board President Janet Maslin
9/9 Q&A with director Paul Schrader, moderated by JBFC Board President Janet Maslin
Thursday, Sep. 9 2021, 7:00
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Paul Schrader is a screenwriter, director, and film critic whose past credits include Mishima (1985), Raging Bull (1980), American Gigolo (1980), Taxi Driver (1976), and more recently, Dog Eat Dog (2016) and First Reformed (2017). An expanded edition of his book Transcendental Style in Film: Ozu, Bresson, Dreyer (1972) was released in 2018 with new writing on Andrei Tarkovsky and Béla Tarr, among others.

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