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Residents of Arcadia

A film by Dom Cutrupi

Steve and Anika are two social media influencers and entrepreneurs, living an accomplished and ideal life. One night, a man breaks into their backyard, disrupting the peaceful life they had created. The ensuing fear culminates with the
appearance of a mysterious countdown on screens and mirrors throughout their home. As the countdown approaches zero, it reveals the true nature of what is hiding behind their perfect lives.

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About the film

Residents of Arcadia is a film about the immigrant experience; more specifically the story of an Italian man and an Indian woman in search for an ideal life in Canada. Sci-fi approach aside, the tale is based on the director’s experience as an immigrant from Italy to Canada and stories of Indian immigrants he encountered in his journey to become a Canadian citizen. The main theme of the film is the clash of the immigrant’s cultural identity against a new society while searching for a new ideal self: the image immigrants chase when they decide to move to a different country. It’s a story of belonging, loss and discovery of our own truthful self.

About the Director

Dom Cutrupi was born and raised in Italy. After finishing his studies in Film Production, he worked in theater and television in Rome for five years before deciding to move to Vancouver, Canada in 2010.
After years of struggling with the Canadian immigration process and learning a new language, Dom started his own film production company, Lumberwitch Films. In 2017, he produced his first narrative work with the Virtual Reality Sci-Fi Short Film called Lithium Dreams. In 2018, his short documentary The Power of Wastewater won the Independent Shorts Award in Los Angeles for Best Short Documentary. In 2019, the pilot for his mini-series Edible People, was selected for competition at the Global Film Festival Award in Los Angeles. In 2020, he completed his first live action short film, Yokomeshi. Residents of Arcadia is his debut feature film.

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