May 06, 2015

The 16th annual Maryland Film Festival will take place May 6-10, 2015!

Save the Date for MFF 2015!
Dec 15, 2014

Sumit your film to MFF 2015! For more information, visit mdfilmfest.com/submissions.

Deadline to Submit Your Film to MFF is 12/15/14!
Oct 17, 2014

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational returns to Baltimore!  7:30pm at MICA's Falvey Hall.  Free for Friends of the Festival!

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational Returns!
Sep 25, 2014

HELLION screening with Kat Candler at Stevenson University's Soundstage.  7pm reception, 8pm screening. Free but space is limited.

Screening MFF 2014's HELLION with Kat Candler

Click here to download the complete MFF 2014 Program Book
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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)


May 09, 2014
04:30 PM
MICA Gateway Building
May 11, 2014
02:30 PM
UB Business Center