The Day of the Cat - Wolfgang Panzer - Germany
The Day of the Cat (Germany, 2010) by Eurochannel
The Day of The Cat (Der grosse Kater, 2010)
Director : Wolfgang Panzer
Switzerland in the 70s was a country far away from conspiracy plots. Eurochannel invites you to plunge into an intriguing and sinister complot right in the heart of Swiss politics with The Day of the Cat. Thrill yourselves on a discovery of how dangerous the political atmosphere can be, even in a country, famed for its neutrality, like Switzerland.
Based on and inspired by the experiences of author Thomas Hürlimann, The Day of the Cat is an adaptation of its namesake book and casts light on the tangled world of Swiss and European politics. This gripping story portrays the final two days in office of the President of Switzerland and the endeavors he must endure to keep his family and pride together.
Co-produced by Germany and Switzerland, The Day of the Cat includes a cast with the famous Bruno Ganz –renowned for his outstanding interpretation of Adolf Hitler in Downfall- and the experienced and multifaceted Ulrich Tukur, whose talents range from acting to singing and writing.
This film is an invitation to reflect on the political world with its sometimes intense and conniving competition. A fickle place, where changes in circumstances mean even the best of friends can become the worst of enemies, but also where one can find unexpected loyal allies among the opposition. A hit in Switzerland and with the top prize at the 2010 Bavarian Film Awards, The Day of the Cat is a reliable and fascinating portrait of Swiss politics approaching the close of the 70s.
Inspired by true experiences of Swiss author Thomas Hürlimann, the film tells an absorbing tale of love and political power. The film grants a personal and unique 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 with the intentions of causing his downfall. Private interests and the struggle for political power clash with turbulent consequences, in a dangerous cocktail of highly explosive forces.
• Besides a successful acting career, Ulrich Tukur has enjoyed a professional singing career since 1989 having produced five albums so far. He is also a graduate in English and German history.