Although Paul Schrader is primarily known for his brilliant screenwriting abilities in films like Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, he has directed some stellar works over the years, which include Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters and Light Sleeper, among others.
Schrader’s latest project is The Card Counter, a revenge thriller about the world of gambling. Starring Oscar Issac, Tiffany Haddish and Willem Dafoe, the film will hit theatres in September of this year.
“I was looking at the World Series of Poker… There is a blankness there. That is the blankest world. They’re just sitting there ten, 12 hours a day, running numbers through their heads just like slot players are,” the filmmaker explained.
Adding, “It’s a way to not exist and pretend you are existing. So what kind of person would choose that kind of occupation to not exist if he was under guilt?
“There’s only one guilt sufficient in our times. It’s Abu Ghraib. My guy was one of the torturers. And not only one of them, he loved it. He was enjoying it, and he went to jail for eight years.”
Watch the new trailer for The Card Counter starring Oscar Isaac below.