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Alienated lives collide in searing Anesthesia


An official selection at the Tribeca International Film Festival, Anesthesia tells the intersecting stories of a group of individuals after a violent mugging at Columbia University. Vendetta Films will release the film Real Movie News describes as “made with sincerity and heart” on DVD October 17.

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 the film 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 (Michael K. Williams) emerge - forming a complex, engrossing mosaic of lost souls united by tragedy.

Written and directed by actor Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother Where Art Thou), who also appears, Anesthesia also receives top notch turns from Corey Stoll and Glenn Close (cast as the professor's wife).

Tony Hinds writing for the Film Stage notes, “the screenplay adeptly weaves its characters and narratives around the film's central theme with painstaking precision.”