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All Cats Are Grey in the Dark
IDFA 2019

All Cats Are Grey in the Dark

Nachts sind alle Katzen grau
Lasse Linder
Switzerland
2019
18 min
Dutch Premiere
Festival history

Christian calls himself “Cat Man.” He shares his immaculate apartment with two felines: Marmelade and Katjuscha. The three of them are inseparable. The animals even accompany their owner—or servant, it depends how you look at it—to an après-ski bar, where they lounge on the couch while Christian drinks a beer, clad in a gamekeeper's outfit. At home, he prefers to wear just his white underpants.

These tragicomic and absurdist scenes take place in a period of excitement about the future: Marmelade has been mated with another pedigree cat, and is expecting kittens soon. Christian is keen to take on the role of loving father, and he throws himself at his great loves even more intensely than usual. Besides his Alexa, they are his closest confidantes.

In his choice of subject matter and stylistic approach, director Lasse Linder has clearly drawn inspiration from Ulrich Seidl. The static camera observes the rather unconventional relationship between human and animals from some distance—often through half-open doors, into a room occupied by the unsettlingly close-knit trio. 

Credits
Director
Sound
    Nicolas Büttiker
    Nicolas Büttiker
Music
    Dominik Blumer,
    Roman Lerch,
    Thomi Christ
    Dominik Blumer,
    Roman Lerch,
    Thomi Christ
Screening copy
    Some Shorts | Square Eyes
    Some Shorts | Square Eyes
Distribution for the Netherlands
    Some Shorts | Square Eyes
    Some Shorts | Square Eyes
World Sales
    SND Films
    SND Films

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