Hot Knife Cold Butter (2019)

A young man infatuated with the 'vintage' phenomenon of romance is caught in an era of clinical matchmaking. But will his faith in the natural human expression of love reverse his world's engineered laws of genetic compatibility?


Zaina Salameh




Credited cast:
Teddy Alshaer Teddy Alshaer ... Victor
Marina Borg Marina Borg ... Russian Girl
Shannon Farhoud Shannon Farhoud ... Indian Girl
Abdulla Hajahmad Abdulla Hajahmad ... Boy in Boat
Yezzina Navarro Yezzina Navarro ... Mexican Girl
Charlie Nesbitt
Angel Polacco Angel Polacco ... Alice
Kathy Rostorn Kathy Rostorn ... Girl in Boat
Jean Marie Van Loggerenberg Jean Marie Van Loggerenberg ... South African Girl
Ashleigh Walter Ashleigh Walter ... Canadian Girl


The film opens with a lab sequence that vaguely implies the manipulation of DNA and lab cultures as we hear a conversation between a man and a woman. Conversation then appears to be coming from a romantic dinner scene in a restaurant. This is followed by a series of unsuccessful romantic dates. A central character, Victor, displays increasingly bizarre behavior in a sequence of fast-cut scenes that take place in the same restaurant. This exaggerated behavior becomes a dish best served cold when we realize that what we have just witnessed is actually close-circuit footage being analyzed by government officials of Human Genetic Harmony (HGH). We are then introduced to a corporate world of genetic 'harmonization' and institutional social engineering through lab sequences and a propaganda ad designed by the government system. Undercover "debugging-agent" Alice, is posing as waitress in a restaurant where coded love matches often go for romantic dinners or proposals. Her role is to serve ...

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All you need is genetics.







Release Date:

5 April 2019 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$50,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Mace Qatar WLL See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Another actor was meant to play Victor, but he withdrew from the project 5 days before production started due to a family-related emergency. Teddy Alshaer was then cast as Victor, flying in from the U.S. to Doha, Qatar few days before shooting began. Teddy was originally considered for the role when the director was first conceptualizing HKCB. See more »

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