Cat in the Wall

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Cat in the Wall starts with a neighbors' conflict around a lost cat and ends up tackling the complex reality of contemporary life in Britain. With humor and subtlety, the film addresses topics such as immigration, Brexit, and class struggle.

Cat in the Wall starts on an innocuous premise: single mother Irina finds a cat that seems lost in the building where she lives with her brother Vlado, and decides to adopt it to please her young son. But soon enough, a conflict erupts with the neighbors who claim the cat is theirs. What follows is an entertaining plot that takes on serious questions around the lives of highly educated immigrants from Eastern Europe to the UK, but also social conflicts revolving around class and race.

Co-directed by two Bulgarian-British female filmmakers, Cat in the Wall has a naturalistic style that feels documentary-like at times. But it is also a comedy full of sharp social observations and dark humor. Actress Irina Atanasova delivers a convincing performance in the role of the energetic protagonist, disenchanted by communism and the corruption in her home country, and ready to fight for a better life in her adopted country.

Director

Vesela Kazakova had a successful career as an actress before founding the production company Activist38 with Mina Mileva, an animation director. Together they made a name for themselves with their political documentaries, in particular Uncle Tony, Three Fools and the Secret Service, about the totalitarian mechanisms of the Bulgarian film industry. They are both currently based in the UK.

Filmography

2016 The Beast Is Still Alive (Documentary)
2013 Uncle Tony, Three Fools and the Secret Service (Documentary)
2008 Zaradi Lelia Sneje / Because of Her (Documentary)

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