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CUT OFF (ABGESCHNITTEN)

CUT OFF
© Warner Bros./Ziegler Film/Stefan Rabold

Performing an autopsy, coroner Paul Herzfeld finds a note in the skull of a corpse with a phone number on it. The clue leads him into a life-and-death game - the life and death of his daughter! Following a trail of corpses, he has to ask cartoonist Linda for help. He finds the next lead not in his home town of Berlin but on the island of Helgoland, which is cut off from the outside world. Finally giving in to Herzfeld's pleading, Linda performs her very first autopsy in the deserted basement of the island’s little clinic, together with caretaker and handyman Ender Müller. The autopsy isn’t the only nerve-wracking part: The killer and kidnapper seems to be here on the lonely island as well, keeping Herzfeld stuck on the mainland. Herzfeld has his intern drive him toward Helgoland. Clue by clue, they unravel the riddle they’re caught up in – an evil and vengeful plan. Will they be able to save Herzfeld’s daughter in time...?


Christian Alvart was born in 1974. He never attended film school, yet – self-taught – he still managed to make the leap to becoming a director. After teaching himself the craft in various assistant positions, he founded his production company Syrreal Entertainment in 1997 in Berlin. In 1999, he made his feature film debut with CURIOSITY & THE CAT, which was nominated for the Max Ophüls Prize. After his second feature film ANTIBODIES (2005), he moved to Hollywood, where he was able to prove his passion for genre films on a grand scale. For Paramount, he directed horror-thriller FALL 39 (2007), followed by the sci-fi thriller PANDORUM (2008). Back in Germany, Alvart worked as a director for the TATORT series and was hired as the director for the Hamburg episodes of the series featuring Til Schweiger. His thriller BANKLADY was released theatrically in 2013. In 2015, he directed the buddy-comedy HALF BROTHERS followed by the TATORT feature film TSCHILLER - OFF DUTY in 2016. He also serves as showrunner for the Netflix series DOGS OF BERLIN. His production company has acquired the worldwide rights for CAPTAIN FUTURE and is working on a live-action version of the series.
Genre Thriller
Category Feature
Year of Production 2018
Director Christian Alvart
Screenplay Christian Alvart
Cinematography Jakub Bejnarowicz
Cast Moritz Bleibtreu, Jasna Fritzi Bauer, Lars Eidinger, Fahri Yardim, Enno Hesse, Christian Kuchenbuch, Urs Jucker, Barbara Prakopenka
Producers Regina Ziegler, Sigi Kamml, Barbara Thielen, Christian Alvart, Hartmut Köhler
Production Companies Ziegler Film, Syrreal Entertainment/Berlin, in co-production with Warner Bros. Film Productions Germany
Length 131 min
Format DCP, color, 1:2.39
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Cleveland 2019, Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival San José & Redwood City 2019
With backing from German Federal Film Fund, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Board

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