To Dust

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USA | 2018 | 91 minutes | Shawn Snyder

Opens March 1, 2019

Shmuel, a Hasidic cantor, is distraught by the untimely death of his wife, Rivkah. As he struggles to find solace in his religion, which proffers a stringent timeline for grief, Shmuel grows increasingly haunted by visions of Rivkah's decomposing corpse.

Convinced that his wife's soul will suffer until her body returns to dust, Shmuel decides that to stop his feverish spiral he must seek an understanding of the physical processes of her decay-despite the blasphemy inherent in any scientific inquiry. Risking discovery and expulsion, Shmuel tip-toes outside his enclave, where his search leads to Albert, a bumbling biology professor at the local community college. Soon, Albert is unwittingly seduced into an odd world of homespun forensic research and begins to guide Shmuel through outrageous experiments that aim to approximate a timeline for Rivkah's dissolution-starting with the theft, suffocation and burial of a pig.

  • Director: Shawn Snyder
  • Principal Cast: Géza Röhrig, Sammy Voit, Sarah Jes Austell, Matthew Broderick
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2018
  • Running Time: 91 minutes
  • Producer: Josh Crook, Scott Floyd Lochmus, Emily Mortimer, Alessandro Nivola, Ron Perlman
  • Screenplay: Jason Begue, Shawn Snyder
  • Cinematographers: Xavi Giménez
  • Language: English
  • Rating: R