The Strange Little Cat (72 minutes, Germany, director Roman Zucherto). Family members gather for dinner in a small apartment. There’s a cat in it. If anyone knows what else this film is about, let me know.
Stand Clear of the Closing Doors (94 minutes, USA, director Sam Fleishner). A 13-year-old autistic boy wanders into the New York subway days before Hurricane Sandy hits the city. His mother, a Latino immigrant working as a maid, cannot afford to take time off to hunt for him. Rikki’s lack of anxiety as he weaves and anonymously and dumbly through crowds contrasts with his mother’s increasing desperation. The last few minutes as Rikki shuffles into a dark tunnel in the abandoned subway system, while the hurricane thunders overhead and the first trickle of water begins to cover the rails, is truly frightening.