Ceyda Torun's film about the felines of Istanbul claimed four nominations for Critics Choice Documentary Awards
Kedi, the hit documentary about the charming street cats of Istanbul, is about to hop back into theaters. It will play for one day only -- October 29 -- in honor of International Cat Day.
Ceyda Torun's film will screen in more than 25 cities, including New York, L.A., Chicago and Houston [find complete info here]. During its theatrical release in the U.S. earlier this year, Kedi collected almost $2.8 mil.
...A soulful documentary that follows the wanderings of stray cats in Istanbul, Turkey -- and ends up saying something profound about the symbiosis between humans and animals.
Last week Kedi earned a leading four nominations for the second annual Critics Choice Documentary Awards, including best documentary and best director. What's more, the cast of cats are among the mammals that will share the honor for "Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary."
Hundreds of thousands of cats roam the streets of the ancient city of Istanbul, where director Torun grew up. The filmmaker captured remarkable footage of felines living their lives of relative indolence above, below and around Istanbul's human inhabitants.
My neighbor's cats, seen in the video below, have never visited Istanbul to my knowledge. But in honor of Kedi and International Cat Day, here they are.
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and Documentary.org.