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Or, Up With Dead People
“Otto” is sexy and silly in just the right proportions, a cult item with a real heart."
Nathan Lee - The New York Times
Gio Black Peter
A modern fable about the loneliness, emptiness, and alienation that results from rampant consumerism and materialism under advanced capitalism, Otto; or, Up with Dead People presents as its central character Otto, a young man who may or may not be a zombie, depending on your point of view. A mash-up of genres and media, Otto is about an alienated youth in an increasingly brutal society. The film is composed of a fractured narrative that includes films-within-the-film, illustrations and text, and even some dance choreography and movement, combined with stock footage and intertitles, to create a new zombie mythology, an allegory for our troubled times.
Premiered at Sundance and Berlin 2008.
Produced with the financial participation of Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council.
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