Emília Vášáryová holding a cat wearing sunglasses in The Cassandra Cat (1963)
The Cassandra Cat (1963)

Presented by CaSFFA, ACMI, & the Embassies of the Czech and Slovak Republics in Canberra

The Cassandra Cat

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Vojtěch Jasný | Czechoslovakia | | Unclassified (15+)

Don't miss Vojtěch Jasný's unforgettable fantastical comedy, winner of the Special Jury Prize at Cannes in 1963.

In a dual role, much-loved actor Jan Werich plays the storyteller-castle warden and magician Oliva, who arrives in a small town with the charming artiste Diana (Emília Vášáryová) and a feline protagonist wearing glasses. This cool cat holds the screen as a people watcher, who, besides sleeping, eating and snuggling, unveils the true colours of citizens when its glasses are removed. Liars are violet; the unfaithful turn yellow and red glows out of the love-struck.

But, fearing that this feline character ultimately sees too much, shady figures in town – those who wish to hide their ‘bad things’ – plot a plan to steal the tomcat.

Indulge in this one-of-a-kind Czechoslovak new wave classic with a new restoration that plays as charmingly as a wonderfully multicoloured dream.


6–16 Oct 2022

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