A Cool Cat

Based on a best-selling French graphic novel by Joann Sfar, the animated film The Rabbi’s Cat tells the story of a cat who eats his owner’s parrot and is suddenly able to speak. Set in Algeria in the 1930s — where Arab, French and Jewish cultures intersect — the film explores religion, lust, love, death and the search for truth. The cat, who is in love with the rabbi’s daughter, embarks on a journey through Mediterranean Africa in search of a lost Ethiopian city. With his new ability to speak, the cat shares his sardonic remarks, commenting on faith, tradition and authority. (A celebrated comic artist in France, Sfar also wrote and directed the award-winning film Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life.)

“Joann Sfar is a force in the French comic-book industry,” says Neal Sokol, who helped organize the screening. “Luckily, we were on the same wavelength with the Sie FilmCenter and the film’s American distributor GKIDS, and now Denver is in for a real treat of dazzling artistry by a master storyteller.”

The film will be shown at 2 p.m. today at the Sie FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue; it will be introduced by Rabbi Séverine Sokol, Neal’s wife and the first French woman of North African origin to be ordained as a rabbi. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased in advance at www.denverfilm.org. For more information, visit the website or call 303-595-3456.
Feb. 1-7, 2013