READ MORE: Tribeca Review: Tim Blake Nelson’s ‘Anesthesia’ With Sam Waterston, Kristen Stewart, Michael K. Williams & More
After premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival last year, “Anesthesia,” written and directed by Tim Blake Nelson, is set to be released this week by IFC Films. In anticipation of the film’s opening, Indiewire has an exclusive clip from the drama, which features a powerhouse cast of Sam Waterson, Glenn Close, Kristen Stewart, Michael K. Williams, Gretchen Mol and Corey Stoll.
Waterson plays a Columbia University Professor whose life is changed completely after he is forced to reassess old and new relationships, from his son (played by the Nelson) to a severely depressed, self-destructive student (Stewart).
In describing his approach for the film, Nelson said in an official statement to Indiewire, “I like for the set to be one I’d like to be on myself as an actor, in which every take feels like its own kind of rehearsal, meaning risks aren’t just tolerated but encouraged, the way they are sometimes when the camera isn’t rolling. The actors in this film take chances, and I hope the ineffable experiences that occur on film between them can offer moments of texture, intimacy and truth.”
“Anesthesia” comes out in theaters and On Demand January 8. Check out the clip above.