The Rabbi’s Cat (Le chat du rabbin)

Adapted from the graphic novels of Joann Sfar, The Rabbi’s Cat is a vivid, lively, and imaginative animated film co-directed by Sfar and Antoine Delesvaux. The story takes place once upon a time (not too long ago) in Algiers, where Jewish and Islamic communities existed in relative peace and rabbis and mullahs could be friends. A widower rabbi lives with his voluptuous and dutiful daughter and their pesky cat, who swallows a parakeet and begins to speak, soon driving everyone crazy by insisting on having a bar mitzvah. The Rabbi’s Cat represents two firsts in the 41-year history of ND/NF: the first 3-D feature and the first feature shown as a family film. But please note, the film isn’t suitable for young children, as it includes both violence and subtitles.

Director Q&A at both screenings!

2011. France/Austria. 89 min.
Producer/Directors: Joann Sfar, Antoine Delesvaux|Writers: Sandrina Jardel, Joann Sfar, based on the comic books by Joann Sfar
Editor: Maryline Monthieux
Music: Olivier Daviaud
VOICES: François Morel, Maurice Bénichou, Hafsia Herzi, François Damiens, Mathieu Amalric