REVIEW: THE RABBI'S CAT
Based on the best-selling graphic novel by Joann Sfar, award-winning filmmaker (Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life) and one of France’s most celebrated comic artists, THE RABBI’S CAT tells the story of a rabbi and his talking cat – a sharp-tongued feline philosopher brimming with scathing humor..
Algeria in the 1930s is an intersection of Jewish, Arab and French culture. A cat belonging to a widowed rabbi and his beautiful daughter eats the family parrot and miraculously gains the ability to speak. Along with the power of speech comes unparalleled sardonic wit, and the cat spares no group or individual as it skewers faith, tradition and authority in a provocative exploration of God, death, lust and the search for truth. Rich with the colors, textures, flavors and music of Mediterranean Africa, THE RABBI’S CAT embarks on a cross-continent comedic adventure through colonial Algiers and under vast Saharan skies in search of a lost Ethiopian city..
Cinedigm Entertainment Group will release THE RABBI’S CAT on May 7 on DVD, Special Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and digital platforms. THE RABBI’S CAT is directed by Antoine Delesvaux and Sfar and features the voices of French cinema stars Maurice Bénichou (Amélie) and Mathieu Amalric (Quantum of Solace, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly). Other animated films released in partnership with GKIDS include Academy Award® nominees The Secret of Kells, Chico & Rita and A Cat in Paris..
THE RABBI’S CAT released in U.S. theaters in 3D in December 2012 to rave reviews. The film was the winner of the 2011 César Award (French Oscar®) for Best Animated Feature and was a two-time 2012 Annie Award Nominee for Best Animated Feature and Best Directing in an Animated Feature Production. The graphic novel is an Eisner Award winner and has been translated into 17 languages around the world.
Anamorphic Widescreen 1080P
5.1 DTS-HD Master
Audio Dolby Digital
Subtitles - English
Bonus Documentary on the Filmmaker: Joann Sfar Draws from Memory;
12-Page Excerpt from the Bestselling Graphic Novel (Only on DVD/Blu-ray Combo
Making of THE RABBI’S CAT
U.S. film trailer.