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22 Sep 2019 11:45

When the Cat Comes at Berwick Film & Media Festival

Magician Oliva arrives in a small town with the beautiful artiste Diana and a magical tomcat. When the cat’s sunglasses are removed, it unveils the true characters of the adult humans around him: liars become tinged with purple, the unfaithful turn yellow, thieves turn grey and the love-struck turn red.

Fearing that they may lose their positions in light of such transparency, several local powerbrokers steal the tomcat. This fantastical comedy won the Cannes Special Jury Prize in 1963.

Vojtěch Jasný

Vojtěch Jasný (1925) is a Czech filmmaker who came to prominence during the Czechoslovak New Wave of filmmaking during the early 1960s. His films When the Cat Comes (1963), The Pipes (1966) and All My Countrymen (1968) remain his most acclaimed work, though these were preceded by inventive feature and short film work throughout the 1950s. Jasný was one of many filmmakers who left the country after the USSR invasion of Czechoslovakia following the Prague Spring of 1968. After working in West Germany, Yugoslavia and Austria, Jasný moved to Brooklyn in the early 1980s and taught filmmaking at Columbia University, the School of Visual Arts and the New York Film Academy.

When the Cat Comes (Vojtěch Jasný, 1963, 100 min)

Maltings Main House, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1AJ

22 Sep 2019 11:45


Maltings Main House, Berwick Film & Media Festival

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