Oscar Isaac in Paul Schrader’s Thriller – .

Oscar Isaac in Paul Schrader’s Thriller – .

Paul Schrader is back in full force in the official trailer for “The Card Counter”, his directorial follow-up to “First Reformed”. Schrader’s latest discovery finds Oscar Isaac biting his teeth into the kind of tormented male protagonist role Schrader has perfected in “Raging Bull,” “Taxi Driver” and more. The wait for “The Card Counter” is high not only because of the cast (Isaac plays alongside Tiffany Haddish and Willem Dafoe, a regular at Schrader with “Last Temptation of Christ” and “Dog Eat Dog) but also because Schrader is coming out of his first scriptwriting Oscar nomination for “First Reformed.”

The official synopsis for Focus Features’ The Card Counter reads: “Redemption is the long game in Paul Schrader’s’ The Card Counter. ‘ Told with Schrader’s signature cinematic intensity, the revenge thriller tells the story of a former military interrogator turned gamer haunted by the ghosts of his past decisions, and features captivating performances by stars Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish, Tye Sheridan and Willem Dafoe.

‘The Card Counter’ will have its world premiere in September at the 2021 Venice Film Festival. The film is a selection from the competition section of the festival, meaning it will compete for prizes such as the Lion’s Best Honor. ‘gold. “The Card Counter” faces “The Lost Daughter” by Maggie Gyllenhaal, “Spencer” by Pablo Larrain, “Parallel Mothers” by Pedro Almodovar and more in the competition section of Venice.

Martin Scorsese is executive producer of “The Card Counter” and helped shape the film in post-production. Schrader screened a first cut of the film virtually during the pandemic last year to a group that included Scorsese. As the director revealed, “I asked them all, ‘I have four more scenes to shoot. I can rewrite them. What am I missing? What should I add? How should I write these four scenes? I was able to rewrite these scenes and make these relationships much better. And not all productions do.

Focus Features will release “The Card Counter” in theaters on September 10. Watch the official trailer for the revenge drama in the video below.

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