Written and directed by Tim Blake Nelson (who also co-stars), “Anesthesia” asks the existentialist questions that all human beings ponder now and again: “Do we abandon the search for truths, or is all this finally and forever pointless?” The ensemble cast includes Sam Waterston, Glenn Close, Kristen Stewart, Gretchen Mol, Corey Stoll and Michael K. Williams. The film had its world premiere at 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.
The official synopsis reads: “A snowy New York City night, a beloved teacher, a shocking crime: this provocative drama pieces together the puzzle of a mans life just before it changes forever. While on his way home one evening, Walter Zarrow, a popular Columbia University philosophy professor, is violently attacked on the street. Flash back one week, as writer-director Tim Blake Nelson traces the domino effect of events that led up to this seemingly senseless assault.”
Check out the existentialist trailer above.