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Watch: Official Trailer for 'Kedi' About the Many Stray Cats of Istanbul

15 December 2016 1:48 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"They are a distinct part of everyone's life." Oscilloscope has unveiled a trailer for the documentary Kedi, a story about the many stray cats living in/around Istanbul, Turkey. If you've ever been there, you've probably encountered a few of these furry friends roaming the streets. There are hundreds of thousands of them in the city, however this film profiles (and follows) seven of them specifically. Described as "a sophisticated take on your typical cat video", this film should both "dazzle and educate" animal lovers of all ages. Kedi is the name of one of the cats they profile, and the rest of them are introduced in this trailer. This definitely does look charming, and it looks much better than your typical cat movie (see: Nine Lives). Worth watching. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Ceyda Torun's documentary Kedi, direct from YouTube: Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. »

- Alex Billington

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‘Kedi’ Trailer: Adorable Documentary Follows Cats Roaming the City of Istanbul

15 December 2016 9:22 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Hundreds of thousands of stray cats roam the streets of Istanbul and are a distinct part of the citizen’s daily life. For director Ceyda Torun, the felines were such an important part of her childhood that she set out to make the documentary “Kedi.”

The film takes a look at the history of cats roaming freely through the metropolis of Istanbul, as well as shows how these animals live between two worlds – neither wild nor tame – bringing joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. “Kedi” specifically centers on seven kitties: Sari the hustler, Bengü the lover, Psikopat the psycho, Deniz the social butterfly, Aslan Parçasi the hunter, Duman the gentleman and Gamin the player.

“It is said cats are aware of God’s existence,” says the voiceover in the latest trailer. “While dogs think people are God, cats don’t.”

Read More: ‘The Adventures of Puss in Boots »

- Liz Calvario

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Discover The Cats Of Istanbul In New Trailer For ‘Kedi’

15 December 2016 9:16 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Who are we to resist a movie full of cats? We’re a bunch of ol’ softies here at The Playlist, and an entire movie filled with felines may not hit the upper reaches of High Art, but you won’t find too many us around here complaining about having to watch it.

Directed by Ceyda Torun, the documentary “Kedi” takes viewers to Istanbul, and follows seven of the thousands of cats that famously roam the streets, with each possessing their own unique personalities.

Continue reading Discover The Cats Of Istanbul In New Trailer For ‘Kedi’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Sense of an Ending’ to Open Palm Springs Film Festival (Full Lineup)

15 December 2016 7:39 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will open Jan. 2 with the world premiere screening of “The Sense of an Ending,” starring Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling.

“Ending” is directed by Ritesh Batra and written by Nick Payne, based on the novel of same name by Julian Barnes. The film also stars Harriet Walter, Emily Mortimer, and Michelle Dockery.

The festival will close with Robert De Niro’s “The Comedian,” directed by Taylor Hackford on Jan. 15. “The Comedian” premiered last month at the AFI Fest.

Special presentations including the world premiere of “Breakable You”; the U.S. premiere of “King of the Dancehall,” directed by Nick Cannon; “Old Money,” directed by David Schalko and starring Udo Kier; and the North American premiere of “The Hippopotamus.”

The Palm Springs Festival will screen 190 films from 72 countries, including 58 premieres.

View the complete lineup below:

World premieres:

– The Beautiful Fantastic (UK/U.S. »

- Dave McNary

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Screen critics pick their hidden gems of 2016

15 December 2016 2:48 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Ten Screen critics select their hidden film gems of the year.Fionnuala Halligan, chief film critic

A Date For Mad Mary

Dir Darren Thornton

This big-hearted Irish romcom, which shared the top prize at Galway this summer, has all the smarts to hit with younger audiences should it get the chance. Just released from prison, surly, boozy Mary pines for her bridezilla Bff who has moved on. Now she needs a date for the wedding and rarely has someone looked for love with less interest. Thornton directs a scuzzily radiant Seana Kerslake as the miserably mad Mary, wildly unpredictable and widely misunderstood, in a film that feels like the love child of Weekend and Once.

Contact Mongrel International international@mongrelmedia.com

Tim Grierson, Senior Us critic

The Student

Dir Kirill Serebrennikov

The dangers of religious fervor overwhelming reason is the cauldron into which The Student drops its audience, taking us to a Russian high school where a Bible-quoting »

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Turkish Helmer’s Debut Doc, ‘Kedi,’ Tapped for U.S. Release

18 October 2016 1:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The street cats of Istanbul will work their feline magic on American viewers when boutique distributor Oscilloscope brings the irresistible documentary “Kedi” to theaters in early 2017. “Kedi,” which translates as “cat” in English, marks the feature documentary debut of Istanbul-born helmer-producer Ceyda Torun and her cinematographer-producer husband Charlie Wuppermann. It’s the first Turkish docu to find a U.S. theatrical release since Fatih Akin’s “Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul” (2006).

The charming “Kedi” is a city symphony of sorts, taking in its purview the changing nature of the megalopolis as well as the people who love and care for its feline population. Torun and Wuppermann filmed for two months in April and May of 2014, shooting six day weeks, for 16 hours a day or more. Torun says, “When your subjects are available for filming 24/7, it’s impossible to set down the camera, even during meals.”

While only seven »

- Alissa Simon

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Film Review: ‘Kedi’

16 October 2016 6:55 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Early in “Kedi,” Ceyda Torun’s splendidly graceful and quietly magical documentary about the multifaceted feline population of Istanbul, a human inhabitant of the city notes: “Dogs think people are God, but cats don’t. Cats know that people act as middlemen to God’s will. They’re not ungrateful. They just know better.” All of which might explain why so many of the movie’s four-legged subjects come across not as feral orphans who rely on the kindness of strangers, but rather as slumming royals who occasionally deign to interact with two-legged acolytes.

Indeed, another interviewee here swears that, after his fishing boat was damaged during a storm, a beneficent cat led him to a lost wallet containing just enough money to pay for repairs. “Whoever doesn’t believe this story,” the grateful beneficiary proclaims, “is a heathen in my book.”

Trust me: “Kedi” will make you a believer. »

- Joe Leydon

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Film Acquisition Rundown: Open Road Films Picks Up ‘Home Again,’ Zeitgeist Film Grabs ‘Harold and Lillian’ And More

23 September 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– Exclusive: Zeitgeist Films has announced that it has acquired “Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story,” a documentary about two fascinating (and unsung) heroes of 60+ years of Hollywood history. Directed by Daniel Raim and executive produced by Danny DeVito, the film had its premiere in the Cannes Classics section of the Festival.

The film will open in the first quarter of 2017 with a national rollout to follow.

– Open Road Films has acquired all North American rights to the romantic comedy “Home Again,” which will star Reese Witherspoon. The film was written by Hallie Meyers-Shyer and will be directed by Meyers-Shyer in her directorial debut. Nancy Meyers is producing alongside Black Bicycle Entertainment’s Erika Olde, who also financed the film. »

- Kate Erbland

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Spc takes 'The Leisure Seeker'; Roadside picks up 'Tommy’s Honour'; O-Scope moves on 'KEDi'

22 September 2016 3:37 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Spc confirms deal for Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland road movie.

Sony Pictures Classics confirmed on Thursday it has acquired multiple rights from CAA and Bac Films to Paolo Virzì’s follow-up to his acclaimed Cannes Directors’ Fortnight selection Like Crazy.

Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland star in the film, shooting now, as a couple on a cross-country journey in their vintage camper fleeing the pressures of doctors and children.

Spc has acquirred The Leisure Seeker for the Us, Latin America, Asia excluding Japan, Eastern Europe, Portugal and South Africa.

The film marks Virzì’s first film shot entirely in the Us. Francesca Archibugi, Francesco PiccoloStephen Amidon, and Virzì adapted the screenplay inspired by the novel of the same name by Michael Zadoorian

The Leisure Seeker looks to be a major 2017 find,” said the Spc hierarchy. “This is a rich story that promises career-best performances from Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland. We look forward »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Distribution: Spc takes 'The Leisure Seeker'; Roadside picks up 'Tommy’s Honour'; O-Scope moves on 'KEDi'

22 September 2016 3:37 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sony Pictures Classics confirmed on Thursday it has acquired multiple rights from CAA and Bac Films to Paolo Virzì’s follow-up to his acclaimed Cannes Directors’ Fortnight selection Like Crazy.

Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland star in the film, shooting now, as a couple on a cross-country journey in their vintage camper fleeing the pressures of doctors and children.

Spc has acquirred The Leisure Seeker for the Us, Latin America, Asia excluding Japan, Eastern Europe, Portugal and South Africa.

The film marks Virzì’s first film shot entirely in the Us. Francesca Archibugi, Francesco PiccoloStephen Amidon, and Virzì adapted the screenplay inspired by the novel of the same name by Michael Zadoorian

The Leisure Seeker looks to be a major 2017 find,” said the Spc hierarchy. “This is a rich story that promises career-best performances from Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland. We look forward to bringing Paolo Virzi’s film to audiences in the United States and around »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Kitty Documentary ‘KEDi’ Is Catnip To Oscilloscope

22 September 2016 9:04 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Ceyda Torun's documentary KEDi, about the thousands of cats that roam freely throughout Istanbul and have become an essential part of the communities they inhabit. Quote of the day so far from Oscilloscope’s Dan Berger: "I'm definitely more of a dog person than a cat person, but I'll be damned if the subjects of KEDi didn't just charm the sh*t out of me." That was enough for O-Scope to cough up a furball… »

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Istanbul Cat Documentary ‘Kedi’ Bought by Oscilloscope for U.S.

22 September 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Ceyda Torun’s “Kedi,” a documentary about the street cats of Istanbul.

Oscilloscope will release the film theatrically in early 2017, following a festival run throughout the fall.

Kedi” was produced by Torun and Charlie Wuppermann through their production company Termite Films. The film was executive produced by Thomas Podstawski.

The documentary explores the hundreds of thousands of cats roaming the metropolis of Istanbul freely — a tradition that dates back thousands of years. Claiming no owners, these animals live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame.

O-Scope’s Dan Berger said, “I’m definitely more of a dog person than a cat person, but I’ll be damned if the subjects of ‘Kedi’ didn’t just charm the shit out of me.”

Torun said on the “Kedi” web site, “I grew up in Istanbul and I believe my childhood was infinitely less lonesome »

- Dave McNary

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