For nearly half a century, Paul Schrader has been writing and directing films that cut to the heart of the American project with white-hot precision. Rounding out an era-delineating thematic trilogy that began with First Reformed and The Card Counter, Schrader continues his dramatic renaissance with Master Gardener, a startling tale about dormant violence and the possibility of regeneration where redemption seems out of reach.

We were thrilled to welcome the legendary American director and screenwriter for an extended conversation with filmmaker and NYFF advisor Gina Telaroli on the political readings of Schrader’s films, why his screenplays have become shorter, how films today can stand out in a crowded marketplace, and more.

NYFF Talks are presented by HBO and our Deep Focus: Paul Schrader talk is sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter.

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