THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT
a film by Ramon Zürcher
Runtime: 72 mins
Post Screening Q+A with select cast and
filmmakers at the New Directors/New Films Festival in NY
Siblings Karin and Simon are visiting their parents and their little sister Clara. That evening, other relatives will be joining them for dinner. This sequence of family scenes in a Berlin flat creates a wondrous world of the everyday: Coming and going, conversations, all manner of doings, each movement leading to the next, one word following another. It is a carefully staged chain reaction of actions and sentences. And in between, silent gazes and anecdotes about experiences. Putting the absurdities of daily life on display, the film assembles seemingly unspectacular details and snippets into an exciting choreography of everyday life.
Mia Kasalo ... Clara
Jenny Schily ... Mother
Anjorka Strechel ... Karin
Leon Alan Beiersdorf ... Jonas
Silvan Zuercher, Johanna Bergel
CRITICS PICK! Mr. Zürcher has concocted something intimate yet otherworldly with this highly original debut.”
Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times
“The Strange Little Cat, is one of the most confident and unusual first features in recent memory. A- ”
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, A.V Club (THE ONION)
“A beautiful, mysterious, beguiling cinematic doodle, and an absolute master class in mise-en-scène, unfolding in odd, fragmented frames and precisely choreographed movement within those frames." Scott Tobias, The Dissolve
Haunting and hypnotic! The mystery is almost total. That's the fun of it.
Sheila O'Malley, RogerEbert.com
“This odd little wonder captures the delicate textures and shadowy half-secrets of family life, mapping them out in a mosaic of fragmented dialogue and half-poetic, half-prosaic images.” Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice
“Some of the most brilliantly realized filmmaking in recent memory.”
-Kevin B. Lee, Fandor
"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
“The film’s strength is in its rigor, its ability to distill moments in what appears to be real time and harness their underlying tensions without pausing, slowing down or speeding up: for Zürcher, it seems, space and time create their own dramas. This assemblage – referred to in the film’s promotional materials as a “group portrait” – is a treasury of ineffable life fragments, certain to linger in memory long after they’ve mutated into something else.
Steve Macfarlane, Filmmaker Magazine
CPH : DOX - New Talent Grand PIX Award
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