Dir: Vojtěch Jasný | Cast: Jan Werich, Emília Vášáryová, Vlastimil Brodský and Jiří Sovák | Czechoslovakia, 101 mins
A Special Jury Prize winner at Cannes in 1963 Cassandra Cat is an allegorical fable in which life in a small town is turned upside down with the arrival of a magician and his cat. Everyone’s true character is revealed through the cat’s gaze and recognized for who they truly are in visually stunning musical scenes. A provocative and beautifully executed fantasy with great camerawork, this film was seen as an unacceptable take on the shortcomings of communist society after the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia and banned.
Making its world premiere on blu-ray courtesy of Second Run in a 4K restoration