Paul Shrader is a man of many talents, though is probably better known for his screenplays, having written for some of the finest films of the 20th century, including Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull and Taxi Driver. His latest film, The Card Counter, he has both written and directed, with a premiere scheduled for September’s 2021 Venice Film Festival.
His feature directorial follow-up to the Oscar-nominated First Reformed, the official plot synopsis for The Card Counter from Focus Features reads: “Tell (Oscar Isaac) just wants to play cards. His spartan existence on the casino trail is shattered when he is approached by Cirk (Tye Sheridan), a vulnerable and angry young man seeking help to execute his plan for revenge on a military colonel (Willem Dafoe)”.
Adding: “Tell sees a chance at redemption through his relationship with Cirk. But keeping Cirk on the straight-and-narrow proves impossible, dragging Tell back into the darkness of his past.”
In selection for Venice’s top honours including The Golden Lion, Shrader’s film is bolstered by the added support of executive producer Martin Scorsese whom the director screened the film to early last year. As Shrader revealed, “I asked them all, ‘I have four more scenes to shoot. I can rewrite them. What am I missing? What do I need to 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 get to do that”.
Starring Oscar Isaac, Willem Dafoe and Tye Sheridan, The Card Counter will be released on September 10 in the USA and November 5 in the UK.
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