The Rabbi’s Cat

Directed by Joann Sfar, Antoine Delesvaux Friday June 14

France, 100’, 2011, 35mm, French


Algiers, 1920s. Rabbi Sfar has more than one problem. His beautiful daughter is becoming a teenager and above all, his parrot-killing cat has just started talking! The delivery of a box from Russia further complicates things when a painter is discovered inside, more dead than alive. He is on a quest for a hidden tribe and its mythical city in Africa. Convinced that the city exists, he sets off on an incredible adventure, taking with him the Rabbi, his cat, a wise old Arab Sheikh and an eccentric Russian millionaire.

festivals & awards


César Award for Best Animated Feature 2012

Director's Filmography


Joann Sfar is a comics artist who authored over 150 books as well as a few novels. He now manages his own comics collection called Bayou for publisher Gallimard. Sfar’s style and vision carries a universal message of tolerance. He lives in Paris with his wife, children and a cat.