The Card Counter 15
From the archive
This film was last shown on 18 November 2021
Written and directed by Paul Schrader, The Card Counter tells the story of William Tell, a poker player who travels the country, moving from casino to casino. An enigmatic anti-hero, William gives little away, apart from when he wrestles with dark thoughts in his journal each night.
Told with Schrader’s cinematic intensity, it is revealed that William served as a prison guard at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, and he is struggling to process his past as part of the cruel legacy of the War on Terror. A detailed character study with similarities to Schrader’s recent First Reformed (2017), The Card Counter is a compelling, contemporary take on the film noir.
- Paul Schrader
- 1 hour 52 minutes
- Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish, Tye Sheridan, Willem Dafoe