Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } See Beyond

Cut Off


Year: 2018
Country: GERMANY
Run Time: 131 minutes

Cut Off
Cut Off
Cut Off

During an autopsy, Dr. Herzfeld finds a capsule in the corpse's brain containing his daughter Hannah's name and cell number. Hannah has been abducted and her father must contact “Erik” for further instructions. Erik's phone is answered by an artist named Linda. She has just found Erik's corpse on the beach of Heligoland, an island isolated by a raging storm. Linda herself is in danger, stalked by her violent ex-boyfriend. Based on the first clue, Herzfeld realizes the instructions are inside Erik. To save Hannah's life, Herzfeld must convince Linda to perform an autopsy. With nothing but a phone connection, Linda must do the unthinkable to save Hannah from a psychopath, while trapped by the storm with her own threats. Be confident of your nervous and cardiovascular health, because CUT OFF will seriously challenge it. Either of these plots would suffice for any thriller. By combining them with such diabolical cleverness and adding even more nasty twists, CUT OFF serves a gruesome ten-course feast guaranteed to pound your nerves into pulp. (In German with subtitles) –C.R.

CIFF43 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Friday, April 05, 2019 at 3:30 PM

Saturday, April 06, 2019 at 9:45 PM

Sunday, April 07, 2019 at 4:20 PM

International Narrative Competition


Christian Alvart

Christian Alvart was born near Frankfurt, Germany. His strict Christian background frowned upon films and TV, and he was rarely allowed to see a movie as a child. Instead, he read about films, their making, and the novels or the source material they were based on. Passionate about films, Alvart worked his way up through the industry. When his film, “Antibodies,” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, he was named as one of "Five Directors To Watch" as well as the "German New Face of Cinema" at AFI Fest.

Curiosity and the Cat (1999), Antibodies (2005), Case 39 (2009), Pandorum (2009), 8 Uhr 28 (2010), Banklady (2013), Half Brothers (2015), Tschiller: Off Duty (2016), Don't. Get. Out! (2018), CUT OFF (2018)

Christian Alvart, Regina Ziegler, Barbara Thielen, Hartmut Köhler, Siegfried Kamml

Christian Alvart

Principal Cast
Moritz Bleibtreu, Jasna Fritzi Bauer, Lars Eidinger, Fahri Yardim

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