The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be Quiet

The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be Quiet

Director: Ana Katz

Runtime: 73 minutes

Cast: Daniel Katz, Julieta Zylberberg, Valeria Lois, Mirella Pascual, Carlos Portaluppi

SYNOPSIS: Sebastian is an ordinary man in his thirties devoted to his loyal dog and working in a slew of temporary jobs. As he moves fitfully through adulthood, he navigates love, loss and fatherhood — until the world is rocked by a sudden catastrophe, upending his already turbulent life.

URL: https://youtu.be/FZVFOuFxDQ4

The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be Quiet is an Argentine absurdist drama film directed by Ana Katz and written by Gonzalo Delgado with Katz.

Katz is an Argentine writer, director and actress, whose writing and directing credits include: Musical Chairs (2002); A Stray Girlfriend (2007); Los Marziano (2010); My Friend from the Park (2015) and Florianópolis Dream (2018).

The film, which stars Daniel Katz, Julieta Zylberberg, Valeria Lois, Mirella Pascual and Carlos Portaluppi, had its world premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival on January 30, 2021.

Photographed in beautiful, stark black-and-white imagery, and packed with serious minded metaphor, The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be Quiet captures a midlife coming of age crisis in a series of vignettes both specific and universal. 

Sebastian (played by Katz’s brother Daniel Katz) is an ordinary man in his thirties devoted to his loyal dog and working in a slew of temporary jobs. As he moves fitfully through adulthood, he navigates love, loss and fatherhood — until the world is rocked by a sudden catastrophe, upending his already turbulent life.

Shot over a period of five years, Katz’s film manages to hone in on the minutest of details of daily life, whilst also grappling with the bigger issues of existence. Sebastian is a quiet hero, attempting to deal with a world that cannot handle the noise of his dog – even if we never hear it. But that is just one of the challenges he faces in this unique drama – one that is quite unlike anything else.

An enigmatic, life-affirming film, The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be Quiet, from the acclaimed filmmaker Ana Katz, manages to grapple with big themes and the meaning of life in its 73 minutes running time.

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