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Day of the Cat, The (grosse Kater, Der)

Day of the Cat, The
Scene from "The Day of the Cat" (photo © Neue Bioskop Film Produktions & Vertriebs GmbH)

The Day of the Cat – inspired by true experiences of Swiss author Thomas Hürlimann – tells a fascinating story of love and political power. The film grants a personal and unusual insight to the life of a statesman, portraying the Swiss Federal President’s last two days in office. While preparing for a royal state reception in honor of the Spanish King, an intrigue is planned behind his back, intending to cause his downfall. Private interests and the struggle for political power get tangled up and result in a dangerous mixture of highly explosive forces.


Wolfgang Panzer was born in 1947 in Munich and grew up in Turin and Lausanne. He studied Romance Languages and Literature, Sociology and Journalism in Lausanne and Fribourg. During his studies, he started working as a reporter and editor for Swiss Television. At the age of 23, he returned to Munich for his studies at the University of Television and Film (HFF). Since 1978, he has been working as a freelance author, producer and director.
Genre Drama, Love Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2010
Director Wolfgang Panzer
Screenplay Dietmar Güntsche, Claus P. Hant
Cinematography Edwin Horak
Jean-Claude Piroué
Josef Sanktjohanser
Cast Justus von Dohnányi, Edgar Selge, Christiane Paul, Marie Bäumer, Ulrich Tukur, Bruno Ganz, Antoine Monot Jr.
Producers Dietmar Güntsche, Benito Müller, Claudia Wick, Wolfgang Müller, Wolfgang Behr
Production Company Neue Bioskop Film/Munich, in co-production with Abrakadabra Films/Zurich, Barry Films/Berlin
Length 89 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Montreal 2010, Mar del Plata 2010
Awards Bavarian Film Prize 2010 (Producer's Award)
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Fund, Hessen Invest, Eurimages, Zuercher Filmstiftung, Bundesamt fuer Kultur
German Distributor Senator Film Verleih/Berlin

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