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Fandor Purrs to the Sound of Zürcher’s “The Strange Little Cat”

Just prior to its one week stint over at the FilmLinc in August, TheWrap reports that Fandor have put The Strange Little Cat in their sandbox. Ramon Zürcher’s dramedy has been a favorite of ours on the site — will receive a day & date release on August 1st.

Gist: Siblings Karin and Simon return home to visit their parents and younger sister and to help prepare dinner for their extended family. Events unfold leisurely, but with plenty of underlying and unstated tensions inevitable in a flat overstuffed with a mother, father, children, grandmother and cat. The eponymous ginger feline offers consolation and possibly the film’s point of view.

Worth Noting: The little 72 minute film that could moved from the Berlin Film Fest in 2013 to the ACID section in Cannes, then TIFF, AFI Film Fest and New Directors/New Films in 2014.

Do We Care?: Our Blake Williams found some common ground in terms of style, stating the “filmmaker that often comes to mind while watching Zürcher’s film (other than Jacques Tati) is Lucrecia Martel, who’s own debut, La Ciénaga is a spiritual cousin to the one in this film, both expertly depicting families in a simultaneous mode of repellence and love toward one another.”

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury 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 was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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