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Cut Off

When fiction starts to blend with reality, a novelist must act quickly - his life may depend on it!

2011 | 5 - 10 | Black Comedy | Crime | Live-Action | USA

A mysterious briefcase, a gun, handcuffs. A sudden phone call. We see a man, presumably a spy or a terrible killer, react abruptly, ready to defend himself against any threat. And Stop! We’re not watching an action movie. It was simply a scene that Walter, noir novelist, was writing. His wife’s yell, reminding him of his chores bring him (and us) back to reality. Our protagonist is totally absorbed in the world that he is building, and seems to be having trouble distinguishing what is real from what isn’t. A sudden phone call will lead him to total confusion, making him believe  and see things that do not exist. The truth will come, and it’ll be much less adventurous than how – perhaps –  our unfortunate writer would’ve preferred.

This type of story could be redundant in a feature film, but it is perfect to be told in a few minutes. Intriguing and entertaining, the narrative oscillates between reality and fantasy in a fluid way, with sudden changes of tone (sometimes unexpected) and brilliant twists, moving continuously between  a suspense thriller and a comedy of errors. The technical realization is also great, especially the cinematography, which adapts itself to the world in which the story takes us, a noir black and white for the writer’s imagination, bright colors in the real world , and gloomy and dark contrasting tones in the final resolution .

The film was produced by the Atlanta-based artists collective Intellectual Propaganda, founded by cinematographer David Torcivia and screenwriters and directors John Merizalde and Takashi Doscher(Cut Off’s author). The group is very active in the production of music videos, short films and commercials.

Flavia Ferrucci

Flavia Ferrucci

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