Friday, May 1, 2015

Tim Blake Nelson talks 'Anesthesia' and mentions Kristen's character

Indiewire: You mentioned the technology theme. That's something I noticed in Gretchen Mol's character and in Kristen Stewart's. There was an overarching sentiment that technology is tearing us apart, or at least inhibiting human communication. Where did that come from?

Well, I love my devices. I think we've gained a tremendous amount from them. The movie was photographed digitally, and many more people will see this movie because of satellites and digital advances and hand-held devices. I'd rather they see this movie in movie theaters, but I'm not naive. I've been interested in technology ever since college. I've always been interested in how we're gradually becoming our original notion of the divine. So we can now destroy cities the way God did in the Bible. We can communicate face to face with these devices across the planet. We can fly from city to city. Perhaps in this century, we're gonna achieve some form of immortality, through medical or computer advances. And yet, are the questions with which the thinkers before all that happened consumed themselves still valid ones? And that's of course what Zara's [Sam Waterston] lecture is about. That's his whole point. He argues they are. That really is where technology comes into this movie. It's not about a rejection of technology. Although Kristen's character rejects technology, I personally don't. I think she makes great points; I agree with her, that these devices teach us how to think. We can't do anything without them. Where should we go to eat? Hold on. UrbanSpoon. Oh, here's the rating, look at the menu. Oh, so-and-so goes there! A lot of what I love about the cities is dissipating.