Director Paul Schrader

Production year 2021

Length 112min.

Country USA/UK/China


William Tell is an ex-military interrogator living under the radar as a low-stakes gambler. Tell’s meticulous life is thrown into disarray when he encounters Cirk, a young man looking to commit revenge against a mutual enemy. With backing from mysterious financier La Linda, Tell takes Cirk on the casino circuit to set him on a new path. However, he finds that the ghosts of the past will not release him so easily.


Paul Schrader
Paul Schrader



Braxton Pope, Lauren Mann, David Wulf


Paul Schrader

Director of Photography

Alexander Dynan

Production designer

Ashley Fenton

Music by

Giancarlo Vulcano, Robert Levon Been


Luis Cota


Benjamin Rodriguez Jr


Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish, Tye Sheridan, Willem Dafoe

Production company(ies)

Braxton Pope, Astrakan Film (Lauren Mann), David Wulf, Saturn Streaming, Redline Entertainment

Paul Schrader

Born 1946 Although his name is often linked to that of the "movie brat" generation (Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Brian De Palma, etc.) Paul Schrader's background couldn't have been more different than theirs. His strict Calvinist parents refused to allow him to see a film until he was 18. Although he more than made up for lost time when studying at Calvin College, Columbia University and UCLA's graduate film program, his influences were far removed from those of his contemporaries - Robert Bresson, Yasujirô Ozu and Carl Theodor Dreyer (about whom he wrote a book, Transcendental Style in Film) rather than Saturday-morning serials. After a period as a film critic (and protégé of Pauline Kael), he began writing screenplays, hitting the jackpot when he and his brother, Leonard Schrader (a Japanese expert), were paid the then-record sum of $325.000, thus establishing his reputation as one of Hollywood's top screenwriters, which was consolidated when Martin Scorsese filmed Schrader's script Taxi Driver (1976), written in the early 1970. The success of the film allowed Schrader to start directing his own films, which have been notable for their willingness to take stylistic and thematic risks while still working squarely within the Hollywood system. The most original of his films (which he and many others regard as his best) was the Japanese co-production Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985).


Blue Collar ( 1978), Hardcore ( 1979), American Gigolo ( 1980), Cat People (1982), Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985), Light of Day (1987), Patty Hearst ( 1988), The Comfort of Strangers (1990), Light Sleeper (1992), Touch (1997), Untitled: New Blue (1995, doc.), Affliction ( 1997), Forever Mine (1999), Auto Focus (2002), Dominion (2005), The Walker ( 2007), Adam Resurrected (2008), The Canyons (2013), Venice 70: Future Reloaded (2013, doc.), Dying of the Light (2014), Dog Eat Dog (2016), First Reformed (2017), Dark ( 2017), The Card Counter (2021).