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THE RABBI’S CAT

by Joann Sfar, Antoine Delesvaux

synopsis

The setting is Algiers in the 1920s. Rabbi Sfar lives with his daughter Zlabya, a noisy parrot and a mischievous cat who devours the parrot and starts talking, but only tells lies. The rabbi wants to keep it at bay. But the cat, who is madly in love with Zlabya, will do anything to stay by her side...even take his Bar Mitzvah! The rabbi has to teach his cat the rudiments of the Law of Moses! In a letter, the rabbi finds out that in order to keep his job, he must do a dictation exercise in French. To help him, his cat commits the sacrilege of invoking the Lord. The rabbi succeeds but the cat can no longer speak. He is treated once more like an ordinary animal. His only friend will soon be a Russian painter in search of an imaginary Jerusalem where black Jews apparently live. He manages to convince the rabbi, a former Tzar soldier, a singer and the cat to travel the colonial road with him...

international title: The Rabbi's Cat
original title: Le chat du rabbin
country: France
sales agent: TF1 Studio
year: 2010
genre: animation
directed by: Joann Sfar, Antoine Delesvaux
release date: FR 01/06/2011
screenplay: Joann Sfar, Sandrina Jardel
producer: Joann Sfar, Clément Oubrerie, Antoine Delesvaux
production: Autochenille Production
distributor: UGC Distribution

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César 2012 Best Animation Film
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