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Kitty is a 2016 American short fantasy-drama film directed and written by Chloë Sevigny, based on the short story of same name by Paul Bowles. The film stars Ione Skye, Lee Meriwether, and Edie Yvonne. It was screened in the International Critics' Week section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.[1][2]

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Film poster
Directed byChloë Sevigny
Produced by
  • Lizzie Nastro
  • Christina Piovesan
Written byChloë Sevigny
Based onKitty
by Paul Bowles
CinematographySeamus McGarvey
Edited bySophie Corra
First Generation Films
Distributed byRefinery29
Release date
  • May 20, 2016 (2016-05-20) (Cannes)
Running time
15 minutes
CountryUnited States


Kitty, a little girl, asks her mother why she is named Kitty. Her mother informs her her name is actually Catherine and that Kitty is a nickname.

One day, looking in the mirror, Kitty notices she has grown whiskers. She points them out to her mother, but her mother ignores her. Kitty grows pointed ears and grey fur but none of the adults in her life seem to notice. Waking up one morning with talons Kitty goes downstairs and is mesmerized by some birds she sees. Fully transforming into a grey tabby she chases the birds and then goes to visit her neighbour who feeds her milk. Returning home, she is locked out and sees her parents clutching her discarded nightgown, believing she has been kidnapped.

Kitty as a cat continues to visit her parents every day hoping they recognize her, but is always locked out. One day she finds her mother in the garden and rubs against her legs and then jumps into her lap. Her mother calls her a pretty pussycat, and carries Kitty as a cat into the family home.



Principal photography on the film began on January 8, 2016 in Los Angeles in the suburb of Van Nuys.[4] and concluded on January 12, 2016.[5] Chloë Sevigny would be making her directorial debut, which would be produced by Lizzie Nastro and Christina Piovesan through First Generation Films.[3] The crew would include cinematographer Seamus McGarvey, costume designer Jennifer Johnson, production designer Chilly Nathan, and casting director Laray Mayfield.[4]


In January 2016, Refinery29 acquired distribution rights to the film apart of its new ShatterBox Anthology, a short-film series dedicated to emerging female filmmakers.[6] The film had its world premiere at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival in the International Critics' Week section.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b "Selection of the 55th International Critics' Week". Semaine de la Critique. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b Nancy Tartaglione (18 April 2016). "Cannes: Critics' Week 2016 Lineup – Full List". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Vlessing, Etan (January 8, 2016). "Chloe Sevigny to Make Directorial Debut With 'Kitty'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Hipes, Patrick (January 8, 2016). "Chloë Sevigny Making Directorial Debut In Short Film 'Kitty'". Deadline. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  5. ^ Mehran, Anabel (January 12, 2016). "That's a wrap on #kittythemovie the directorial debut of @chloessevigny - what can't this wonder woman do???". Retrieved May 12, 2016.
  6. ^ Spangler, Todd (January 26, 2016). "Chloe Sevigny's 'Kitty' Picked Up by Refinery29 for Women's Short Film Series". Variety. Retrieved April 27, 2016.

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