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Reverend Ernst Toller is the pastor of the ancient First Reformed Church in upstate New York, and he is 46 years old. Abundant Life, which owns the church and oversees a modern self-named five thousand seat church overseen by Reverend Joel Jeffers, views it as a “tourist” church or “souvenir shop” (its historical significance partly due to it being a stop on the underground railroad before the slaves crossed into Canada).
This year, First Reformed Church is commemorating its 200th anniversary, for which a significant celebration is planned, but it will be small in scale, with dignitaries such as the governor and mayor in attendance, and the event will be simulcast at Abundant Life. Local entrepreneur Ed Balq, a significant patron of Abundant Life and the key contributor for the necessary modifications at First Reformed to be able to conduct the event there, and for the event itself, will deliver the majority of the speeches, while Toller’s involvement will…
Director: Paul Schrader
Writer: Paul Schrader
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer
Genres: Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Gospel
Duration: 1h 53min.
Filming Locations: Hicksville, New York, USA.
Production Co: Killer Films, Omeira Studio Partners, Fibonacci Films.
Release Date: 18 May 2018 (USA)
Box Office: $3,862,498
Parents Guide: PG-13
Availability: Cinemas, Downloadx, DVD