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by Susan Gordanshekan


Mina lives in Iran. By Iranian standards she has left it rather late in the day to decide to marry. Kian is a doctor of Iranian origin. He’s single and lives in Germany. Frustrated by a series of unsuccessful blind dates, he finally takes his mother’s advice and uses the traditional Iranian method of arranged encounters with potential partners in order to find a wife. When Mina and Kian meet it’s not exactly love at first sight and yet they both sense the possibility of a life together. Mina decides to marry Kian and start a new life in Germany, with all the uncertainty that might bring. Both have the best intentions to create a harmonious relationship, and yet they do nothing but fail. In a wonderfully understated approach that also exhibits a subtle flair for capturing anxieties, key moments and turning points director Susan Gordanshekan tells this story of a relationship that turns out to be as dysfunctional as the cat that Mina has brought into their shared home. Only by shedding their charged expectations of each other as well as those of their social milieu does the couple finally find a way to live together.

international title: A Dysfunctional Cat
original title: Die defekte Katze
country: Germany
sales agent: Media Luna New Films
year: 2018
genre: fiction
directed by: Susan Gordanshekan
film run: 93'
screenplay: Susan Gordanshekan
cast: Pegah Ferydoni, Hadi Khanjanpour, Henrike von Kuick, Constantin von Jascheroff, Arash Marandi, Kianoosh Sadigh, Azar Shahidi, Mahdokht Ansari, Marzieh Alivirdi, Massud Rahnama
cinematography by: Julian Krubasik
film editing: Frank J. Müller
art director: Markus Dicklhuber
costumes designer: Katharina Jutta Schmidt
music: Sebastian Fillenberg
producer: Ralf Zimmermann
co-producer: Natalie Lambsdorff, Monika Lobkowicz, Barbara Häbe
production: Glory Film, BR Bayerischer Rundfunk, ARTE Deutschland
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