Denmark, 2018 / 84 min / English OV with French subt. (EN OV with FR subt.) / Thriller, Survival drama
A nail-biting and claustrophobic survival film.
Rie, a PR coordinator, visits Copenhagen metro’s new tunnel boring construction site to portray the company’s efforts as a perfect example of a well-oiled intra-European collaboration. When an accident occurs, she takes refuge in an airlock inside the tunnel boring machine with a Croatian miner and a worker from Eritrea. They put their lives and bodies in each other’s hands to survive the heat, pressure and mud in the claustrophobic cutterhead, exposing their radically different worldviews and forcing them to reconsider their lives. A survival film of nail-biting claustrophobia.
“When I started research on the metro-tunnel-construction sites, I discovered a condensed micro-version of Europe, with all its dynamic between nationalities and different classes of workers, from the low-wage “manpower” to the specialised engineers and executives. Having this combination of a micro-cosmos and a visually amazing world got me hooked. […] Cutterhead is meant to be a bodily and claustrophobic experience. Drawing inspiration from The Divine Comedy and Dante's Descent into Hell, the descent into the underground should transcend into the cinema and into the bodies of the audience. We feel the space that narrows, the machine as an animal and the world underground, ready to eat us up. It gets dirty, complicated and ruthless, when co-existence turns into survival. And in the end, we are all in this shit together.” Director’s statement by Rasmus Kloster Bro
“A disturbing film that cleverly tests our limits and that forces us to reflect on a less-than-brilliant reality.” Giorgia Del Don, Cineuropa, 10/07/2018
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“The film, which was well-received at Cannes Film Market, plays perversely on the audience's primal fears. As simple as it is relentless, the story told in Cutterhead awakens certain instincts and uncomfortable sensations that almost seem to break through the screen. Trapped between a desire to run for the hills and the need to know how the story ends, the audience sweats it out along with the characters it would very much like to help out. […] In Cutterhead, Rasmus Kloster Bro tries to distil the very essence of humanity. An essence with an inebriating and nauseating scent that seems to float between the surgical, white, immaculate bandages of its survivors. A disturbing film that cleverly tests our limits and that forces us to reflect on a less-than-brilliant reality.” Giorgia del Don, Cineuropa, 10/07/2018
- Golden Octopus for Best Fantastic Film, Festival Européen du Film Fantastique de Strasbourg, 2018 (France)
- Audience Award, Festival Européen du Film Fantastique de Strasbourg, 2018 (France)
Rasmus Kloster Bro is a Danish film director born in 1985 in the Northwestern part of Jutland. He graduated from the director’s programme of the Super16 independent Danish film school in 2012 and has previously written and directed a number of short films, radio drama series, art films, clips and video installations. His shorts Kiss My Brother (2010) and Barvalo (2012) received several awards at different festivals. Cutterhead (2018) is his debut feature.
- 2018 – Cutterhead
- 2012 – Barvalo (short)
- 2011 – Liv (short)
- 2010 – Kys min bror (short)