Cat in the Wall

This terrific comedy-drama is set on a southeast London council estate, which is riven by social and economic divisions and threatened by the all-consuming force of gentrification. Irina, a Bulgarian woman lives there with her small son and her brother. The lift serves as a toilet, the multi-cultural residents exchange shouts rather than pleasantries, and an expensive refurbishment is undesired but must be paid for. And in the midst of this: an apparently owner-less cat which has had enough of the heated atmosphere barricades itself ‘in the wall’, requiring the residents to collaborate. “Cat in the Wall” is an arresting critique of society, a whirlpool of emotions from despair to joie de vivre conveyed by strongly delineated characters. This heart-warming tale, shot in a documentary style, is this year’s equivalent of director Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake.

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Mina Mileva

Vesela Kazakova




Directors: Mina Mileva, Vesela Kazakova
Producer: Mina Mileva, Vesela Kazakova, Lambros Atteshlis, Christophe Bruncher
Screenwriter: Mina Mileva, Vesela Kazakova
Cinematographer: Dimitar Kostov
Editor: Donka Ivanova
Production Designer: Yuliya Kunova
Sound Designer: Georgi Marinov, Stéphane de Rocquigny
Music: Andy Cowton
Principal Cast: Irina Atanasova, Angel Genov, Orlin Asenov, Gilda Waugh, Chinwe A. Nwokolo, Kadisha Gee Camara, Jon-jo Inkpen, John Harty


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Year: 2019
Premiere Status: North American Premiere
Genre: Drama
Screening Section: Global
Screening Category: Narrative Feature
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English, Bulgarian
Runtime: 92 mins