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Sundance London 2018: Ethan Hawke's First Reformed among new additions

First Reformed

Story by Jack Foley

SUNDANCE London will feature a special presentation of Paul Schrader’s First Reformed, starring Ethan Hawke, as part of its 2018 line-up.

Continuing its tradition of championing brave, independent filmmaking, Sundance Film Festival: London is proud to be hosting the UK premiere of First Reformed.

Directed and written by legendary filmmaker, Paul Schrader (screenwriter Taxi Driver, Raging Bull; director Cat People, American Gigolo), First Reformed stars Ethan Hawke as a Reform church pastor forced to confront his tormented past in this gripping thriller about a crisis of faith.

While the film did not screen at Sundance Utah in January, this addition to this year’s festival showcases the work of Schrader and Hawke, and offers UK audiences an early chance to see the film with an extended introduction by Hawke.

In addition, the festival has further announced the addition of Films That Made Me, a selection of films that inspired the work of festival filmmakers Jennifer Fox, Debra Granik and Desiree Akhavan, as well as Make ‘Em Laugh, a comedy masterclass with comedian and filmmaker, Bo Burnham.

In the exclusive strand Films That Made Me, three of the directors whose work is showcased in this year’s edition – Jennifer Fox (The Tale), Debra Granik (Leave No Trace) and Desiree Akhavan (The Miseducation of Cameron Post) – will each introduce a film that has personally inspired them, both as filmmakers and in their approach to their films screening in the festival.

Fox has selected Jonathan Caouette’s Tarnation (2003); Debra Granik has chosen Celine Sciamma’s Girlhood (2014); and Desiree Akhavan has picked Lynne Ramsay’s Morvern Callar (2002).

Fox, Granik and Akhavan will give further insight into their influences and careers in this year’s In Conversation event, the previously announced Triple Threat – Three major filmmakers in conversation.

To accompany the international premiere of his filmmaking debut, Eighth Grade, comedian, actor and YouTube superstar Bo Burnham will share valuable insight into his process in Make ‘Em Laugh: A Comedy Movie Masterclass.

After launching his comedy career on YouTube, Bo has starred in three successful live comedy specials and had a supporting role in 2017’s The Big Sick, which had its international premiere at last year’s Sundance Film Festival: London.

This special event will see Bo discuss the power of comedy and the art of making a room laugh, with other guests and the host to be announced at a later date.

Tickets for this year’s festival go on sale on Monday, April 30 from here

Sundance Film Festival: London takes place from May 31 – June 3, 2018 at Picturehouse Central.