France, 2011, 89 min, Digital, Dir. Joann Sfar & Antoine Delesvaux, French/Russian/Hebrew with English subtitles, Not Rated, GKIDS

The Rabbi's Cat

Saturday, 6/11 & Sunday, 6/12

"Colorful, witty and inspired!" —Variety

"Dazzling! A wild and vivid ride!" —Los Angeles Times

This film is recommended for ages 12+

Based on the best-selling graphic novel by Joann Sfar, who also co-directed the film, The Rabbi's Cat tells the story of a rabbi and his talking cat—a sharp-tongued feline philosopher brimming with scathing humor and a less than pure love for the rabbi's voluptuous teenage daughter.

Algeria in the 1930s is an intersection of Jewish, Arab and French culture. A cat belonging to a widowed rabbi and his beautiful daughter, Zlabya, eats the family parrot and miraculously gains the ability to speak. Along with the power of speech comes unparalleled sardonic wit, and the cat—and filmmaker Sfar—spare no group or individual as they skewer faith, tradition and authority in a provocative exploration of (among other things) God, lust, death, phrenology, religious intolerance, interspecies love, and the search for truth. Rich with the colors, textures, flavors and music of Mediterranean Africa, the film embarks on a cross-continent adventure from the tiled terraces, fountains, quays and cafes of colonial Algiers to Maghrebi tent camps, dusty trading outposts, and deep blue Saharan nights in search of a lost Ethiopian city.

Presented in French, Russian and Hebrew with English subtitles

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