Petite Maman
Special Screening


(aka When the Cat Comes / Az prijde kocour)

Sunday, January 28, 2024 | 6:30pm

Little Theatre 1 (240 East Ave.)
Doors open at 6:00pm

Standard ticket prices
Tickets available online in advance, or at the door.

ONLY ONE SCREENING! | In this modern-day fairy tale and rediscovered Czech New Wave cult classic, an ordinary Bohemian village is visited by a magician (Jan Werich), his beautiful assistant Diana (Emília Vásáryová), and a magic cat with the power to reveal people in colors that indicate their true natures: yellow for the unfaithful, purple for liars, and red for lovers.

One of the “red” is Robert (Vlastimil Brodský), a bighearted school teacher whose independence of thought places him at odds with the town’s conservative authorities. When the cat reveals the villagers as they really are and the town descends into whimsical chaos, humorless school principal Karel (Jiří Sovák) vows to hunt down the feline and put an end to its anarchic reign.

Ahead of its time in experimenting with stylized color and extended political metaphor, The Cassandra Cat is director Vojtěch Jasný’s triumphant excursion into fantasy as a mirror of real-life social divisions and hypocrisies.

New 4K Restoration courtesy Janus Films

Not Rated | 1 hour 45 mins | Comedy, Fantasy | 1963
Czechoslovakia | In Czech, with English subtitles

Directed by Vojtech Jasný