The Strange Little Cat

The Strange Little Cat
Das Merkwürdige Kätzchen | Ramon Zürcher, 2013
Germany | German with English subtitles | Format: DCP | 72 minutes

One week exclusive theatrical run opens August 1!

In the hands of masters like Jacques Tati, Lucrecia Martel, and Chantal Akerman, cinema that at first appears to merely observe and record is in fact masking intricately constructed commentaries, built from seemingly mundane experiences. In the case of The Strange Little Cat, an extended family-dinner gathering becomes an exquisitely layered confection ready for writer-director Ramon Zürcher’s razor-sharp slicing. A mother desperately trying not to implode and her youngest daughter who explodes constantly form poles between which sons and daughters, aunts and uncles, cats and cousins weave in and around each other in the tight domestic space of a middle-class Berlin flat. Fans of Béla Tarr and Franz Kafka will find much to love, as will devotees of The Berlin School, of which this film represents a third-generation evolution. A comedic examination of the everyday that has been captivating audiences since its premiere at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival. A 2014 New Directors/New Films selection. A KimStim release.

New Directors/New Films, 2014
Toronto International Film Festival, 2013
Cannes Film Festival, 2013
Berlin International Film Festival, 2013

"Zürcher’s ingenious debut feature suggests what Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) might’ve been like if Jacques Tati had got around to making it first." —Jason Anderson, Artforum

“This is cinema at the pace of life lived, and these small moments are deftly portrayed, sharing with us just enough to produce a feeling of warm familiarity.” —Doug McClaren, Cine-File

“The rare film that offers a new way of looking at the everyday world.” —Mike D’Angelo, The Dissolve

“A beguiling cinematic oddity, a symphony of sounds and an expansive mosaic of telling details.” —Glenn Heath Jr., Keyframe

Series: New Releases at the Film Society

Venue: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

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