The Final Cut (2004)

The Final Cut is a 2004 film written and directed by Omar Naim. It stars Robin WilliamsJames CaviezelMira SorvinoMimi KuzykStephanie RomanovGenevieve Buechner and Brendan Fletcher. It was produced by Lions Gate Entertainment and filmed in VancouverBritish ColumbiaCanada, and in BerlinGermany. The film featured original music by Brian Tyler. The story takes place in a near future in which people can pay to have their babies implanted with memory chips. These “Zoe Implants”, developed by EYE Tech company, record every moment of their lives, so that they may be viewed by loved ones after one’s death. The plot centers on Alan Hakman, a “cutter”, whose job it is to edit the Zoe footage into a feature-film length piece, called a “Rememory”.

The Final Cut is about subjectivity, memory and history; posing the question, “If history is what is written and remembered, then what happens when memories are edited and rewritten?”

The film won the award for best screenplay at the Deauville Film Festival and was nominated for best film at the Catalonian International Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival.

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