The Cassandra Cat

The Cassandra Cat (Czech: Až přijde kocour), also released under the titles When the Cat Comes, The Cat Who Wore Sunglasses and/or That Cat, is a 1963 Czechoslovak film directed by Vojtěch Jasný.

The Cassandra Cat
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Directed byVojtěch Jasný
Written byJiří Brdečka
Vojtěch Jasný
Jan Werich
Produced byJaroslav Jílovec
StarringJan Werich
Vlastimil Brodský
Emília Vášáryová
Jiří Sovák
Vladimír Menšík
CinematographyJaroslav Kučera
Edited byJan Chaloupek
Music bySvatopluk Havelka
Distributed byÚstřední půjčovna filmů
Release date
  • May 1963 (1963-05) (Cannes)
  • 20 September 1963 (1963-09-20) (Czechoslovakia)
Running time
91 mins or 101 mins

The film won two major awards at the Cannes Film Festival in 1963, including the C.S.T. Prize and Special Jury Prize, Cannes.[1] In July 2021, the film was shown in the Cannes Classics section at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.[2]


The film tells the story of a mysterious traveling circus that arrives in a village accompanied by a sunglasses-wearing cat named Mokol. When the cat's glasses are removed, people in the village appear bathed in different colors that reflect their true feelings.



  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Cassandra Cat". Retrieved 25 February 2009.
  2. ^ "2021 Cannes Classics Lineup Includes Orson Welles, Powell and Pressburger, Tilda Swinton & More". The Film Stage. Retrieved 25 June 2021.

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