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Turkish Van cat wins Sundance award

On Wednesday, Sundance Channel gave its audience award to the Belgian short film AVALON. The film is named after and stars the Turkish Van Cat Avalon. It's already Avalon's third movie role.
Avalon by Vanessa Morgan
( | Press Release | 2016-06-07 13:49:55 )
In the Sundance Channel Audience Award winner, Avalon plays the ghost of a cat that used to belong to an elderly couple. A shared lunch in the nursery home is the only thing that still holds that couple together, but the wife's mind now starts to drift off towards the ghost of her deceased cat, Avalon, which she sees walking around in her room. Does the presence of this cat mean that man and wife now live in two different worlds? Or will Avalon be the way in which they will be able to connect with each other once more?

The film is already Avalon's third cinematic star turn. In 2013, he debuted in the horror movie The Strangers Outside in which he played one of the victims. In 2015, he appeared in the anthology feature film Love Life Ghent. Avalon is even credited on IMDB.

Avalon's funniest appearance, however, was probably in de Kindle book, A Good Man, in which he played a vampire cat who bites kitties instead of humans.

In June 2015, Avalon's owner, Vanessa Morgan, increased her cat's popularity even more by releasing a book about him: Avalon: a Heartwarming True Cat Story. In this memoir, the author talks with humor about Avalon's crazy adventures on film sets, but she also details how Avalon made other creatures cringe in distress whenever he was around, how he threw her dates out by means of special techniques, and how he rendered it almost impossible for her to leave the house. Avalon was so incorrigible that even her landlord ordered to get rid of him. But beneath Avalon's demonic boisterousness, the author recognized her own flaws and insecurities, and she understood that abandoning Avalon would be the worst she could do to him. Thanks to her unswerving loyalty, Avalon transformed into a tender feline who made it his mission to be there for his human companion. Avalon: a Heartwarming True Cat Story is currently one of the best-selling cat books in the US.

Many more books and movies with Avalon will follow. His next gig is an appearance on the cover of the upcoming horror movie reference guide When Animals Attack: the 70 Best Horror Movies with Killer Animals.

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