Algiers, 1920s. Rabbi Sfar has more than one problem. His beautiful daughter is becoming a teenager and above all, his parrot-killing cat has just started talking!
The delivery of a box from Russia further complicates things when a painter is discovered inside, more dead than alive. He is on a quest for a hidden tribe and its mythical city in Africa. Convinced that the city exists, he sets off on an incredible adventure, taking with him the Rabbi, his cat, a wise old Arab Sheikh and an eccentric Russian millionaire.
Sfar’s style and vision carries a universal message of tolerance, in this highly original, beautifully crafted film, celebrating a joyful and multi-colorful return to hand-drawn 2D. –uniFrance
Loved it because of the soundtrack - a fusion of Satie-style 'furniture music' and klezmer tunes. The story itself is rather fascinating. Kids were laughing at the theatre.
Just like Sfar's other movie, Gainsbourg, it starts on a high note, and loses it all midway.
Four films see their first New Directors/New Films screenings on Monday and Tuesday.