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The Strange Little Cat

Das merkwürdige Kätzchen

Directed by Ramon Zürcher
Germany, 2013


It’s a soft and sunny Sunday afternoon in Berlin, where three generations of a family gather in a flat for an evening meal. There are hectic preparations in the kitchen.
This sequence of family scenes complete with cat and dog creates a wondrous world of the everyday.

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The Strange Little Cat Directed by Ramon Zürcher

Awards & Festivals

Village Voice Film Poll

2013 | 3rd place: Best Undistributed Film

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2014 | Nominee: Best First Feature

2013 | Nominee: Best Undistributed Film

Throughout the film, the camera never moves, fixating instead on whatever activity is happening within the frame at a particular moment of the day. The stationary set-ups enhance The Strange Little Cat’s theatrical undertones. Zürcher’s lens does not provide a window into their world, but a view of their stage.
October 20, 2015
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At once the scariest and funniest film of its year despite being neither a horror film nor an outright comedy, The Strange Little Cat is a compressed formal experiment that boasts some of the most evocative use of off-screen sound space this side of Bresson or Kiarostami.
June 16, 2015
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Described by the director as a “chamber piece with a minimal plot,” it is a work that makes a cunning monument of the performative gestures and musical qualities of everyday minutiae… Over a mere 72 minutes, private fears, unconsummated desires, imminent death, chaos, and entropy emerge within the film’s carefully calibrated construction.
January 05, 2015
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