Cat Got Your Tongue?
Meow 2018, we are not catnapping! Pera Film is ready for the New Year and is full of fur-balls! A year ago Pera Film enjoyed presenting heart-warming stories about dogs with Tales of Tails: Dogs on Screen. And this time our new program for the New Year is a warm feline salute to one of the most intriguing and mystical creatures we know – cats! We are delighted that it is not just the Internet that’s obsessed with cats. We are too! Though it has been roughly over thousands of years since cats were first domesticated since Ancient Egypt, the fascination grows. A variety of urban legends have travelled throughout centuries from all around the world: In a few different areas of Europe, it was thought to be ill-advised for a pregnant woman to pick up a cat or let it sleep in her lap. In Portugal, it was once said the cat will afflict the baby with a wart or mole, usually a hairy one, and in England, it was thought the baby will either be born with a cat-shaped birthmark or with the face of a cat. Medieval people thought that cats were the Devil’s personal soul courier, ferrying spirits to Hell. The Japanese believe that cats are lucky; the maneki-neko (“beckoning cat”) an iconic Japanese talisman is believed to bring good fortune to its owner, usually in the form of cash. A Buddhist belief says a cat with a dark coat brings promises of gold, while a light-colored cat brings silver. And the stories go on! Pera Film’s Cat Got Your Tongue? program shines light on cinema’s recent cat stories – from France to Turkey and from Japan to the USA, the selection cherishes these magical and perplexing creatures. Fur the love of cinema!