Cutstein

Life of an editor who works for IRIB (Islamic Republic of IRAN Broadcasting) and feels like Frankenstein, creating a monster. Imaging of all movie sequences have been done with a cell phone.

  • Hamidreza Khosh-Bazan
    Director
  • Hamidreza Khosh-Bazan
    Writer
  • Hamidreza Khosh-Bazan
    Producer
  • Hamidreza Khosh-Bazan
    Key Cast
    “Hamid”
  • Maryam Ranjbaran
    Key Cast
    “Maman (My Mother)”
  • Yadollah Khosh-Bazan
    Key Cast
    “Baba (My Father)”
  • Ali Daadras
    Key Cast
    “Producer”
    33 Days, Eight Thirty
  • Mojtaba Komeili
    Key Cast
    “Expert”
  • Ashkan Tofangsazan
    Key Cast
    “TV presenter”
  • Marjan Khosh-Bazan
    Cinematography
  • Hamidreza Khosh-Bazan
    Cinematography
  • Hamidreza Khosh-Bazan
    Sound Effect
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Black comedy, Autobiography, Monster
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 47 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 16, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Country of Filming:
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Language:
    Persian
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival
    Providence, RI
    United States
    Rhode Island
    Semi-Finalist
  • Canberra Short Film Festival
    Canberra
    Australia
    November 22, 2020
    Official Selection
  • SF3 - SmartFone Flick Fest
    Sydney
    Australia
    Highly Commended Award
  • Lunenburg Doc Fest
    Lunenburg
    Canada
    Nova Scotia
    Semi-Finalist
  • FESTIVAL ANGAELICA
    Pasadena
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Bowery Awards
    New York
    United States
    Finalist
  • CUzco Underground Cinema Festival
    Cuzco
    Peru
    October 1, 2020
    Peru
    Finalist
  • FFTG Awards
    New York
    United States
    Official Selection
  • TweetFest
    London
    United Kingdom
    Official Selection
  • Winchester Film Festival
    Winchester
    United Kingdom
    Long List Selection
  • Changing Face International Film Festival
    Sydney
    Australia
    Semi-Finalist
  • Screen Power Film Festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    Official Selection
  • Ostia International Film Festival
    Rome
    Italy
    Official Selection
  • Ridgway Independent Film Fest
    Ridgway, CO
    United States
    Official Selecton
  • Huntington Beach Cultural Cinema Showcase
    Huntington Beach, CA
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Alder International Short Film Festival
    Chicago
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Yule Film Fest
    Hartford
    United States
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Hamidreza Khosh-Bazan

I was born and raised in Tehran the capital of Iran. I majored in industrial engineering. I am an empirical editor who have been working for IRIB (Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting) since 2009. Cutstein is my debut film.

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Director Statement

Cutstein is my first short film. The idea for this film came to my mind in the early days of the coronavirus outbreak.
All governments tried to control the disease and the task of televisions and other press was to spread the right news and inform the people of the health protocols. As you know the actions of officials of some countries were not acceptable and some media tried to normalize the events, you know the censorship of events.
Cutstein critiques the existence of censorship in all media and narrates my life as an editor. It's an autobiographical film that tries to retell the events using Frankenstein’s story.
At the time I made the film, access to facilities and people was very difficult due to quarantine, so l played the role of the director, cameraman, voice, and the editor of this film. I did my best to make a movie worth watching once with my cell phone and the limited equipment I had.
For expressing what I feel, I found Asger Hamerik's music so appropriate: Nordic Suite No. 1 (1872).
At the end, Thanks to my sister Marjan for helping me a lot in the filming/camera. And thank you so much to my parents for playing a role in my first project.
I hope you enjoy watching Cutstein.
Stay safe and healthy.