Old Cats. 2010. Chile. Directed by Sebastián Silva, Pedro Peirano

Isadora, an octogenarian living comfortably with her husband and two cats, suddenly finds herself fighting a battle on two fronts when the onset of dementia arrives at the same time that her daughter’s attempt to scheme the landlord seems to require that Isadora sign over the lease on her Santiago apartment. Unfolding with black humor and empathy in equal measure, the film emphasizes both the confusion in Isadora’s psyche and the claustrophobia of her domestic landscape. A hit at the Cannes and New York film festivals in 2010, this is the film’s long-awaited theatrical run in the U.S.

Organized by Jytte Jensen, Curator, Department of Film.

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