Das merkwürdige Kätzchen

The Strange Little Cat

73 min. | fiction | DE 2013


Siblings Karin and Simon are visiting their parents and their little sister Clara. That evening, other relatives will be joining them for dinner. This sequence of family scenes in a Berlin flat creates a wondrous world of the everyday: Coming and going, conversations, all manner of doings, each movement leading to the next, one word following another. It is a carefully staged chain reaction of actions and sentences. And in between, silent gazes and anecdotes about experiences. Putting the absurdities of daily life on display, the film assembles seemingly unspectacular details and snippets into an exciting choreography of everyday life.


Director: Ramon Zürcher

DoP: Alexander Haßkerl

Producer: Silvan Zürcher

Co-Producer: Ramon Zürcher, Alexander Haßkerl

Production: dffb


Cast: Jenny Schily, Anjorka Strechel, Mia Kasalo, Luk Pfaff, Matthias Dittmer, Leon Alan Beiersdorf, Armin Marewski, Sabine Werner, Kathleen Morgeneyer, Monika Hetterle, Lea Draeger, Gustav Körner


shot on ARRI Alexa




63. Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival 2013

Off Plus Camera 2013, Poland

CPH PIX 2013, Denmark | Winner: New Talent Grand PIX

Jeonju International Film Festival 2013, South Korea

San Francisco International Film Festival 2013, USA

Cannes Film Festival 2013, France

New Zealand International Film Festival 2013

Santiago International Film Festival 2013, Chile

Festival Internacional de Cine de Monterrey 2013, Mexico

Fresh Film Fest 2013, Czech Republic

Cinematik International Film Festival Piestany 2013, Slovakia

Toronto International Film Festival 2013, Canada

Helsinki International Film Festival 2013, Finland

Cambridge International Film Festival 2013, UK

Athens International Film and Video Festival 2013, Greece

Vancouver International Film Festival 2013, Canada

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival 2013, Brazil

Kaunas International Film Festival 2013, Lithuania

Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival 2013, Turkey | Winner: Best Film International Competition

Janela Internacional de Cinema do Recife 2013, Brazil

Mumbai Film Festival 2013, India | Nomination: "Golden Gateway"

Zagreb Film Festival 2013, Croatia

Dharamsala Int'l Film Festival 2013, India

Vienna International Film Festival 2013, Austria

Minsk International Film Festival 2013, Belarus

Ljubljana International Film Festival 2013, Slovenia

AFI Fest 2013, USA

Leeds International Film Festival 2013, UK

Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival 2013, Portugal

Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2013, Taiwan

Mar del Plata Film Festival 2013, Argentina | Nomination: Best Film

Festival Internacional Lume de Cinema 2013, Brazil

Belfort Entrevues Film Festival 2013, France

Vendôme Film Festival 2013, France

Village Voice Film Poll  2013 | 3rd Place: Best Undistributed Film

Angers Film Festival 2014, France

New Directors/New Films 2014, USA

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival 2014, USA

Cinema City International Film Festival 2014, Serbia

Maine International Film Festival 2014, USA

German Film Festival 2014, Argentina

Vermont International Film Festival 2014, USA

Three Rivers Film Festival 2014, USA

International Cinephile Society Awards 2014 | Winner: Best Picture

Indiewire Critics' Poll 2014 | Nomination: Best First Feature

Chlotrudis Award 2015, USA | Nomination: Best Buried Treasure

German Film Critic's Award 2015 | Nomination: Best Cinematography


Cinema Release

Switzerland: 28.11.2013

Germany: 02.01.2014

France: 02.04.2014

USA: 02.08.2014


Broadcasting Premiere


Alexander Haßkerl |

Director of Photography