English title

Multiple lives intersect in the aftermath of the violent mugging of a Columbia University philosophy professor.
Original title ANESTHESIA
Director Tim Blake Nelson
Sales Agent Cercamon
Genre Drama
Year 2014
Delivery status In post-production
Date of availability Spring 2016
Technical Information
Language English
Duration 90
Color or B&W Color
Image ratio 1.85
Sound format 5.1 uncompressed
Producer Julie Buck, Josh Hetzler, Tim Blake Nelson
Production Companies Hello Please
Cast Kristen Stewart, Glenn Close, Sam Waterston
Blurred traffic lights come into focus as Professor Walter Zarrow (Sam Waterston) makes his way into a bodega late one evening in New York City. Seemingly ordinary from a distance, this city scene precedes a brutal assault that sets ANESTHESIA in motion. As the film unfolds, director Tim Blake Nelson widens his lens to reveal intersecting stories in the narrative with characters who are all, in their own ways, anesthetizing themselves to life’s struggles. A New York City story that pushes to the surface the many existential questions we ask ourselves as people of this modern world—ANESTHESIA is a reflection of our conscious decisions to be active or passive in the introspection of our own lives. Tim Blake Nelson not only writes, directs and produces the film, but stars alongside an impressive cast including Glenn Close, K Todd Freeman, Jessica Hecht, Gretchen Mol, Gloria Reuben, Kristen Stewart, Corey Stoll, Mickey Sumner, Yul Vazquez, Sam Waterston, and Michael K Williams.
Kristen Stewart
Glenn Close
Sam Waterston
Tim Blake Nelson
Gretchen Mol
Corey Stoll
K. Todd Freeman
Jessica Hecht
Michael Kenneth Williams
Gloria Reuben
Awards & Festivals
Tribeca Film Festival 2015

Press Quotes
“This finely acted, tender, drama is one of the surprises of Tribeca. Anesthesia comes from the heart, as few films do these days”
“An involving drama with many storylines and one universal theme. Sam Waterston leads a strong ensemble in Tim Blake Nelson’s latest”
Hollywood Reporter
“Sam Waterston leads a strong ensemble, packed with names”
“Anesthesia may be Kristen Stewart’s best performance yet”