An Orthodox widower (Géza Röhrig, SON OF SAUL) seeks final answers after his wife’s death in this tragicomedy that is as macabre as it is deeply human.
Director: Shawn Snyder USA 2018, feature film, German festival premiere, 105 min., OV Producer: IL 2016, Europapremiere, 5 Min., ohne Dialog Emily Mortimer, Alessandro Nivola, Ron Perlman, Josh Crook, Scott Lochmus International distribution: Park Circus, UK Cinematography: Xavi Giménez Cast: Géza Röhrig, Matthew Broderick
None of the traditional mourning rituals can give Orthodox cantor Shmuel (Géza Röhrig, SON OF SAUL) solace
after the death of his wife. Convinced that the soul finds peace only when the body has fallen to dust, the 48-
year-old father of two sons seeks a scientific answer to the question how long it takes for the human body to
decompose after death. But the only person he finds at the nearby college is bumbling biology professor Albert
(Matthew Broderick). They join together to seek final answers, and they find them, not least in a rotting pig. As
macabre as it is moving and deeply human, this tragicomedy deals with loss and mourning and the great art of
finding new joy in life through remembrance that honors the deceased.
Tribeca Film Festival New York, 2018; Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, 2018; Palm Springs International Film Festival 2019
TO DUST, USA 2018
Shawn Snyder grew up in a liberal Jewish family in southern Florida and first studied religion at Harvard before obtaining a degree in film at New York University. His short films include IF FOUND, PLEASE CONTACT (2012), FESTUS (2014), and LULU (2015). Snyder’s debut full-length feature film TO DUST, in which he also grappled with losing his own mother, was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Award