Paul Schrader to present new film and receive prestigious Volta Award at ADIFF18

Announcing Irish premiere of Schrader's new film, First Reformed

atch Paul Schrader's public interview for RTÉ Arena here

Paul Schrader, renowned director of films such as Blue Collar, Hardcore, American Gigolo, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, The Comfort of Strangers, Light Sleeper, Patty Hearst, and Affliction among many others, and screenwriter of Taxi Driver and co-writer of Raging Bull, will visit the Audi Dublin International Film Festival to receive a Volta award, attend the Irish Premiere of his new film First Reformed at the Light House Cinema on Fri 23rd February 2018 and curate a special season of screenings and events that includes an in-depth Public Interview, with support from the O'Reilly Theatre, Belvedere College.

In First Reformed, ex-military chaplain Toller is tortured by the loss of the son he encouraged to enlist and struggles with his faith. A faith that's challenged by befriending a radical environmentalist, Michael, and upon learning of his church's complicity with unscrupulous corporations. 

Previous winners of Audi Dublin International Film Festival’s Volta Award include Al Pacino, Julie Andrews, Danny DeVito, Daniel Day-Lewis, Joss Whedon, Brendan Gleeson, Angela Lansbury, Stanley Tucci, Stellan Skarsgård, Kristin Scott Thomas and Ennio Morricone. The Volta Award is named after Ireland's first dedicated cinema, the Volta Picture Theatre on Mary Street in Dublin, which was opened on the 20th December 1909 by an enterprising young novelist named James Joyce. 

Schrader will be this year’s ADIFF Guest Curator, selecting and introducing three films that have inspired his own work as a filmmaker including Robert Bresson’s Pickpocket (1959), Yasujirō Ozu’s An Autumn Afternooon (1962), and Donald Cammell & Nicolas Roeg’s Performance (1970). 

Tickets for the Irish Premiere of First Reformed and the Paul Schrader season are available now via the ADIFF Box Office ( or 01 687 7974). 

SCHEDULE Paul Schrader – ADIFF 2018 Guest Curator 
Thursday 22nd February
18.00 First Reformed (Irish Premiere with Q&A)

Friday 23rd February 
14.00 (Light House Cinema) Pickpocket (1959), introduced by Paul Schrader
16.00 (Light House Cinema) Performance (1970), introduced by Paul Schrader
18.45 Paul Schrader Public Talk & Volta Award Presentation (O’Reilly Theatre)

Saturday 24th February
14.00 An Autumn Afternoon (1962), introduced by Paul Schrader (Light House Cinema)

First Reformed Credits:
Written & Directed by: Paul Schrader
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric Antonio Kyles, Victoria Hill, Philip Ettinger
Produced by Christine Vachon p.g.a., David Hinojosa p.g.a., Frank Murray p.g.a., Jack Binder, Greg Clark, Victoria Hill, Gary Hamilton, Deepak Sikka
A Killer Films Production
An Omeira Studio Partners Production
A Fibonacci Films Production
In Association with Arclight Films International

Don’t forget that ADIFF season tickets and gift vouchers are now on sale in from and the ADIFF Box Office.

Tickets for Paul Schrader's Public Interview are priced at €20 or €12 for students.

Schedule & Tickets

22 Feb 18:00 Cineworld 9