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OLD CATS

Chile / USA, 2010 (MIFF 2011, International Panorama)

Director: Sebastián Silva, Pedro Peirano

"Sebastián Silva has emerged as one of cinema's greatest young talents." - indieWIRE

The follow-up to Silva's Sundance prize winner The Maid (MIFF 2009), Old Cats cracks open the toxic dynamics of a mother/daughter relationship to both comic and tragic effect.

Isadora (92-year-old Bélgica Castro) is descending into senility, her husband Enrique (Alejandro Sieveking) watching on helplessly. On a day when a broken elevator leaves Isadora apartment-bound, her coked-up daughter Rosario (Claudia Celedón) shows up with her female lover, a store of emotional baggage and a plan to fleece her parents of their flat.

Filmed with a theatrical sensibility and meticulous eye for details - it is set almost entirely in the apartment of Castro and Sieveking, married in real life - Old Cats captures the absurdities of family life with an ultimately redemptive ethos.

D/S Sebastián Silva, Pedro Peirano P Kim Jose, David Robinson WS Elephant Eye L Spanish w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2010

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