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Jul 18, 2014

Maryland Film Festival Presents FREE SHORT FILMS during Artscape 2014 at the Charles Theater!

2014 Artscape July 18-20 2014!
Jul 15, 2014

Join MFF as we celebrate Artscape 2014 with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails + animated shorts at By Degrees Cafe, 415 South Central Street!…

Artscape 2014 Kickoff Party at By Degrees Cafe!
Jul 14, 2014

Sneak preview of Rob Reiner's AND SO IT GOES at AMC White Marsh at 7pm.  Free passes for Friends of the Festival!

AND SO IT GOES Sneak Preview
FILM GUIDE

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STRANGE LITTLE CAT, THE
STRANGE LITTLE CAT, THE
Directed By: Ramon Zürcher
Run Time: 72 Minutes
Starring: Jenny Schily, Anjorka Strechel, Mia Kasalo, Luk Pfaff, Matthias Dittmer, Armin Marewski, Leon Alan Beiersdorf, Sabine Werner, Kathleen Morgeneyer, Monika Hetterle, Gustav Körner, Lea Draeger

The Strange Little Cat pulls off a tone arguably never before delivered on film: gentle and playful from its first moment to last, yet maintaining a sustained, indescribable air of eerie tension hanging thick in the air throughout. Set in a Berlin apartment on a sunny afternoon, a compact domestic scene soon bustles with activity as food is prepared, plans are made, and extended family arrive. People, objects, and pets move in and out of the frame with a visual sensibility that owes something to Robert Bresson and Chantal Akerman, yet with a lighter touch and sense of surprise all its own. 

Director Ramon Zürcher conceived this film as a sort of moving-image sculpture—but if that sounds dry, the results are anything but, delivering both brisk visual pleasure and ample moments of accessible humor. It’s also perhaps worth mentioning that this project was developed in part through a workshop with retired filmmaker Béla Tarr, and so may be of special interest to his fans—although it’s to the credit of both Tarr and Zürcher that The Strange Little Cat looks and feels nothing like a Tarr film, except in that it masterfully realizes its very idiosyncratic goals.  

A standout at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, The Strange Little Cat is both a filmmaker’s film and a highly enjoyable treat for audiences. It reminds us that are no limits to what film can express—indeed, there are as many potential modes of cinema as there are facets to the human personality. Happily, this is one of the freshest new modes of cinematic expression to emerge in some time. (Eric Allen Hatch)


 

Screenings
May 09, 2014
STRANGE LITTLE CAT, THE
04:30 PM
MICA Gateway Building
May 11, 2014
STRANGE LITTLE CAT, THE
02:30 PM
UB Business Center