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Top 3 Critics’ Picks In Theaters this August: Ramon Zürcher’s The Strange Little Cat

The Strange Little Cat
NYC Release (Film Society of Lincoln Center) – August 1st
Distributor: Fandor

Awards & Fests: It debuted at the Berlin Film Festival in 2013, and made an impressive leap towards Cannes’ ACID section with a world fest tour that included TIFF, AFI Fest, New Directors/New Films. It picked up the CPH:PIX Award for New Talent Grand and the International Cinephile Society Awards gave it the top honor in the ICS Award Best Picture Not Released in 2013 category.

What the critic’s are saying?: Our Blake Williams nails the in-house visual stratagems stating “absurdity of concomitance, the suspended intrusions of one’s personal space, and the swift hiccups in action that allow us to break from our stupor and temporarily carry on with our existence.” He provides further contextual analysis here.

NYTimes’ Ben Kenigsberg values the watchability factor of the 72 minute film — “so densely layered that you could watch it several times and notice new details.”

Megafan Ignatiy Vishnevetsky wirting for the AV Club reveals that there is nothing commonplace about the common…”movies work, in part, by alternately capturing and inventing reality. The medium has a power—too rarely tapped nowadays—to make the ordinary seem more interesting or meaningful than it really is, imbuing commonplace objects and interactions with suspense.”

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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