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THE CARD COUNTER

2021 / 112’ /Color / USA UK China

Director: Paul Schrader

Screenplay: Paul Schrader

Cinematographer: Alexander Dynan

Editing : Benjamin Rodriguez Jr.

Music : Robert Levon Been, Giancarlo Vulcano

Cast: Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish, Tye Sheridan, Willem Dafoe

Producer: Braxton Pope, Lauren Mann, David Wulf

Production: Saturn Streaming, Astrakan Films AB, RedLine Entertainment, LB Entertainment, Enriched Media Group, One Two Twenty Entertainment

Distribution:  Bir Film

Summary

William Tell (Isaac), a gambler and former serviceman who sets out to reform a young man seeking revenge on a mutual enemy from their past. Tell just wants to play cards. His spartan existence on the casino trail is shattered when he is approached by Cirk, a vulnerable and angry young man seeking help to execute his plan for revenge on a military colonel. Tell sees a chance at redemption through his relationship with Cirk. Gaining backing from mysterious gambling financier La Linda, Tell takes Cirk with him on the road, going from casino to casino until the unlikely trio set their sights on winning the World Series of poker in Las Vegas. But keeping Cirk on the straight-and-narrow proves impossible, dragging Tell back into the darkness of his past.

Director

Paul Joseph Schrader is an American screenwriter, film director, and film critic. He wrote or co-wrote screenplays for four Martin Scorsese films: Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), and Bringing Out the Dead (1999).

Schrader has directed 18 feature films, including his directing debut, the crime drama Blue Collar (co-written with his brother, Leonard Schrader), the crime drama Hardcor,  his 1982 remake of the horror classic Cat People, the crime drama American Gigolo (1980), the biographical drama Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985), the true life biopic Patty Hearst (1988), the cult film Light Sleeper (1992), the drama Affliction (1997), the biographical film Auto Focus (2002), the erotic dramatic thriller The Canyons (2013), and the dramatic thriller First Reformed (2017), which earned him his first Academy Award nomination.

His last film  “THE CARD COUNTER” had its world premiere at the 78th Venice International Film Festival.