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When the Cat Comes

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When the Cat Comes is one of the more quietly subversive films of the Czechoslovak New Wave, and its visual flair, storybook fantasy and absurd humour make it fun for viewers of all ages. The film won the Cannes Special Jury Prize in 1963 thanks in no small part to the winning combination of director Vojtěch Jasný, writer Jirí Brdecka—most known for his collaborations with the animator Jirí Trnka—and lead actor Jan Werich, writing or improvising his own dialogue in the dual role of Comrade Oliva and the Magician.


Vojtěch Jasný


Czech Republic



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Katerina Fojtova


100 mins


Katerina Fojtova