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To Dust

Country: USA
Year: 2018
Director: Shawn Snyder
Cast: Géza Röhrig, Matthew Broderick, Sammy Voit
Genres: comedy, drama
Language: English
Translation: russian subtitles
Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Возраст: 16+

Géza Röhrig, a writer and a poet, who has played his first ever lead in Son of Saul, perhaps the most famous Hungarian film of the 21st century (won an Oscar for the Best Film in Foreign Language), portrays a Hasidic cantor Shmuel who lives in upstate New York and whose wife suddenly passes away. Unable to let go of her memory and move on, he begins to study the science behind decomposition of her body in a grave with help of a science professor (played by Matthew Broderick, who is known for his roles in Ferris Bueller's Day Off and The Lion King). 

Shawn Snyder (this is the first feature film for the American director) is not very reverential in his portrayal of a man who is grieving his loss. Snyder makes a film about the unexpected friendship of the professor and the Hasidic Jew, which happens to involve living and dead pigs, with rather obvious references to some of the films by the Coen brothers (to A Serious Man in particular). The drama turns into a black cynical comedy about death and ways in which it is perceived by the living. The film won the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

Awards and festivals:

Trieca International Film Festival – Audience Award