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Review : Anesthesia + Tim Nelson mentions Kristen on AOL Build : PLOT: The brutal mugging of a beloved college professor (Sam Waterston) links a group of loosely connected individuals.

REVIEW: Tim Blake Nelson’s ANESTHESIA feels like something of an indie throwback, in that it’s the kind of multi-character drama that was in-vogue in the years following Paul Haggis’ CRASH before too many pale imitators made the mini-genre peter-out. A strong effort from Nelson, who hasn’t directed a movie since his odd Edward Norton-vehicle LEAVES OF GRASS, ANESTHESIA makes you somewhat nostalgic for that kind of film, although to be sure this is a rather good example of the genre.

Using a simple, easy to relate-to premise (a loved one being violently attacked) Nelson (who also wrote) doesn’t shy away from using prototypical, art-house heroes (the verbose English lit professor, his tortured student, the inner-city drug addict, the philanderer, etc). Their familiarity works in their favour, particularly in the casting as most are cast to type, giving us a kind of short-hand with all the characters that allows Nelson to pack a lot into his relatively scant eighty-five minute running time.

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#Anesthesia to be released January 8th, 2016

Source : International sales agent, Cermacon: “An IFC Release – January 8, 2016.”

Cermacon will also be taking ‘Anesthesia’ to film festivals for potential worldwide sales.


A snowy New York City night, a beloved teacher, a shocking crime: this provocative drama pieces together the puzzle of a man’s life just before it changes forever. While on his way home one evening, Walter Zarrow (Sam Waterston), a popular Columbia University philosophy professor, is violently attacked on the street. Flash back one week, as actor-director Tim Blake Nelson traces the domino effect of events that led up to this seemingly senseless assault. Along the way, hidden connections between a seemingly disparate group of people—including a self-destructive student (Kristen Stewart), a hard-drinking suburban housewife (Gretchen Mol), and a desperate junkie (K. Todd Freeman)—emerge, forming a complex, engrossing mosaic of lost souls united by tragedy. The stellar ensemble cast includes Glenn Close and Michael K. Williams.

‘Anesthesia’ – Tribeca Film Festival Reviews & Reactions


The Wrap : Writer-director Tim Blake Nelson‘s “Anesthesia” is one of those ensemble dramas in which the relationships between a group of people are only made clear gradually as the film goes on. This sort of movie generally tries to tell us that we are all connected, and we are all in this together, but Nelson avoids sentimentality entirely, much to his credit.

A veteran character actor, Nelson has the sort of face that seems to expect the very worst, and he writes his scripts and makes his films accordingly.

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Tim Blake Nelson On ‘Anesthesia’, Indie Funding & Landing Kristen Stewart

Deadline : Tim Blake Nelson is one of the hardest working character actors in show biz with a near 20-year resume. He raised his profile in 2000 when he starred as one of the three leads in the Coen Brothers’ O Brother, Where Art Thou? opposite George Clooney and John Turturro. And his phone hasn’t stopped ringing since with credits that include Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, Terrence Malick’s Thin Red Line, The Incredible Hulk and a turn on Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. But, Nelson for several years has had a serious side gig as a filmmaker at the center of New York’s indie scene. When on location, Nelson writes screenplays and even edits too, having spliced together his directorial debut Eye of God in between acting sides on the O Brother. To date, along with Eye of God, he’s made six features including O, The Grey Zone, Leaves of Grass, the NBC 2006 TV movie Haskett’s Choice, and Anesthesia which is premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday, April 22 at 9PM at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.

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‘Anesthesia’ to have its World Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival

Directed and written by Tim Blake Nelson
(USA) – World Premiere, Narrative

On a snowy night in New York City, a Columbia professor is brutally mugged on the doorsteps of an apartment building. Director Tim Blake Nelson’s haunting meditation of city life traces the chain of events that precipitate the attack, examining the inextricable and unforeseen forces that bring a group of disparate individuals together. Featuring a star-studded ensemble including Sam Waterston, Kristen Stewart, Glenn Close, and Cory Stoll.

The Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 15 – 26 in New York City.