The writer of Taxi Driver, The Mosquito Coast, The Last Temptation Of Christ and City Hall - Paul Schrader - has been officially announced as the first guest of this year's Audi Dublin International Film Festival.

Schrader will be awarded the Volta Award and will present his new film, First Reformed. As well as this, Schrader will also curate a special season of screenings and events that includes an in-depth public interview, with tickets now available at In a statement, Festival Director Grainne Humphreys described Schrader as "one of the talented young filmmakers who were at the centre of an extraordinary renaissance of American cinema in the 1970s."

"Schrader has also had a remarkable career as a director and, as a critic, he’s a passionate advocate and interrogator of film culture. I know my excitement at his visit and the Irish Premiere of First Reformed will be shared by many of Dublin’s cinema fans and we’re delighted to be honouring him with ADIFF’s prestigious Volta Award."

Previous recipients of the 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.

Tickets are now available at

First Reformed:

Written & Directed by Paul Schrader



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