Slamdance Feature Preview: CAT STICKS

The Slamdance Film Festival is a showcase that focuses on emerging artists and low-budget, independent filmmakers. And this year’s festival promises to shake things up. One of its entries is the graphically powerful CAT STICKS (Trailer Below), directed by Ronney Sen. It is the only Indian Film to make an appearance at Slamdance. Via the film’s official synopsis:

On a rainy night in Calcutta, a group of desperate addicts chase brown sugar, but the permanent intoxication they seek proves elusive. Cat Sticks weaves their stories into a chiaroscuro, traverses with them through states high and low, spaces real and unreal. A relentless downpour plays backdrop to lives balanced on a precarious high. Some of them seek a release, while others do not seem to want the night to end.

According to Paul Sbrizzi, the narrative features programmer for Slamdance, CAT STICKS promises to leave audiences captivated:

Ronny Sen brings the bold style of his fine art photography to this story about an underground community of junkies who scrounge a living on the streets of Kolkata. Stunning compositions capture his characters emerging from and disappearing into inky blackness, intermittently drenched in rain. At the core of Sen’s feature debut are the human connections between these forgotten souls—the director has clearly immersed himself in this world, and captures its textures, language and mannerisms with great sensitivity and style. He masterfully weaves sequences of pure cinema, rendered with modern-dance informed movement, into his raw and gritty narrative. ‘Cat Sticks’ is one of the most gorgeous and affecting films Slamdance has presented in recent memory.

CAT STICKS will have its world premiere on Sunday, January 27th at 12:45pm @ Ballroom, Park City, UT. For tickets, visit the Slamdance site here.


CAT STICKS Movie Poster: (designed by Lech Majewski)

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Movie Information:

Director: Ronny Sen

Screenwriters: Ronny Sen and Soumyak Kanti DeBiswas

Producers: Theodore Shivdasani, Soumyak Kanti DeBiswas, Tanaji Dasgupta

Cinematographer: Shreya Dev Dube

Editor: Nikon

Cast: Tanmay Dhanania, Sumeet Thakur, Joyraj Bhattacharjee, Rahul Dutta, Saurabh Saraswat, Sreejita Mitra, Raja Chakravorty, Kalpan Mitra

Production Design: Devika Dave

Sound Design: Sukanta Majumdar

Music: Oliver Weeks

Runtime: 94 mins

Country: India

Language: Bengali with English subtitles

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