THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT to Open 8/1 at Film Society of Lincoln Center
THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT has been captivating audiences since its premiere at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival. The film also played Cannes, Toronto, the Viennale, and most recently had its U.S. premiere this spring at the 43rd New Directors/New Films festival, where it delighted audiences with its quiet, cozy, and comedic portrait of the comings and goings of various members of a German family and the wondrous world of their everyday. The film will be released theatrically for a one-week exclusive run at the Film Society of Lincoln Center on Friday, 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. Ramon Zürcher's new film was produced by his brother Silvan Zürcher, Johanna Bergel, and German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB). A KimStim Films release.
Writer/Director/Editor: Ramon Zürcher; Director of Photography: Alexander Haßkerl: Producers: Silvan Zürcher, Johanna Bergel