Socrates Outdoor Cinema
An international film festival every Wednesday from July 11 to August 29
Marking its 20th anniversary, this outdoor film festival highlights Socrates Sculpture Park as a community space for the celebration of many cultures in one of the world’s most diverse places – the borough of Queens.
This summer’s lineup includes films from Mauritania, Greece, Sweden, Venezuela, Spain, and the USA, among others and were selected through partnerships with Film Forum and Rooftop Films.
The films are presented in their original language with English subtitles. This evening series is intended for an adult audience and is not appropriate for children.
Each evening features regional cuisine from neighboring Queens restaurants and performances by local musicians and dancers that celebrate the culture of the film’s country of origin. Pre-screening performances begin at 7:00pm and films begin at sunset (weather permitting). The evening’s food and performance line-up will be announced the week prior.
Directed by Ceyda Torun; 2017, 79 mins.
*Preceded by CatCam. Directed by Seth Keal; 2012; 16 mins.
Programmed by Film Forum.
The street cats of Istanbul: hundreds of thousands of them roam Turkey’s megacity freely, wandering in and out of people’s lives, an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. In KEDI, filmmaker Ceyda Torun and her nimble cinematographer, Charlie Wuppermann, train their prowling, cat’s eye-level cameras on the stories of seven such felines — Sari, Bengü, Aslan Parçasi, Psikopat, Deniz, Gamsiz, and Duman— stalking these peripatetic creatures through streets, alleyways, deserted basements, and rooftops. “Delightful and visually splendid” – Stephanie Zacharek, TIME.
Visit Socrates Sculpture Park’s website for more information.