Narrative Feature | 90 minutes

HIFF 2018


Directed by
Shawn Snyder

Produced by
Alessandro Nivola, Emily Mortimer, Scott Lochmus, Josh Crook, Ron Perlman

Written by
Shawn Snyder, Jason Begue

Géza Röhrig, Matthew Broderick

2018 | English | USA

Shmuel (Geza Rohrig, last seen at HIFF with 2015’s SON OF SAUL), a Hasidic cantor living in upstate New York, is unable to cope with the untimely death of his wife. Struggling to find religious solace in the face of tremendous grief and plagued by nightmares about his wife’s decaying body, Shmuel looks to Albert (Matthew Broderick), a community college biology professor, to teach him more about the decomposition process facing her. In director Shawn Snyder’s darkly comic first feature, the two form an unlikely bond via clandestine biological experiments, despite the blasphemous consequences.