Screening of TO DUST with Director Shawn Snyder and Star Géza Röhrig
Presented by Young Friends of GPJFF and NMAJH
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
6 PM @ National Museum of American Jewish History
General Admission: $15 | *Young Friends: $10
*Members of ANY Young Friends group in the city, Jewish and non-Jewish alike, are entitled to this deal!
- 6 – 6:45 PM | Young Friends Pre-film Cocktail Hour
- 7 – 8:45 PM | Film
- 8:45 – 9:15 PM | Post-film Conversation with Director and Star
Director: Shawn Snyder
Genre: Narrative Feature
Running Time: 1 hr 31 min
Language: In English
Shmuel (Géza Röhrig, Son of Saul), a recently widowed Hasidic cantor, can’t stop worrying about his wife, even after she’s been buried. While the rest of his community urges him to move on, his two young sons believe that Shmuel’s odd behavior may mean that their father has been possessed by a dybbuk. Breaking his own religious customs, Shmuel approaches a bungling science teacher, Albert (Matthew Broderick), to help him understand the process of decomposition and hopefully put a stop to the nightmares he keeps having. Albert is reluctant at first, but soon becomes Shmuel’s unwitting partner as the two embark on a series of misadventures and outrageous experiments to better understand – and come to terms with – his wife’s passing.
Produced by renowned actors Emily Mortimer, Alessandro Nivola, and Ron Perlman, TO DUST is a quirky, unconventional comedy/drama about grief and acceptance.
- Boston Jewish Film Festival
- San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
- Tribeca Film Festival
- UK Jewish Film Festival
- Audience Award for Best Narrative – Tribeca Film Festival
- “Shmuel and Albert may be the funniest odd couple since Broderick and Nathan Lane’s Leo Bloom and Max Bialystock.” (Barbara Hoffman, New York Post)
- “The deft execution and astute lead performances ultimately make this acquired taste of a movie not only digestible, but rather charming.” (Dennis Harvey, Variety)
- “Earnest to the point of piety. It’s also bawdy, and at moments, very funny.” (David D’Arcy, Screen International)
- “Röhrig and Broderick work remarkably well in tandem throughout To Dust.” (Marshall Shaffer, Slashfilm)