Exciting news came last week for one of my favorite documentaries of the past year: Robert Greene’s “Kati With an I” was picked up for distribution by Icarus Films, according to the company’s Facebook page. There are no details yet on a release date or any other exact plans, but we’ll hopefully hear more on that soon. The Gotham Award-nominated documentary, which chronicles three days in the life of a girl about to graduate high school, already had a minor theatrical opening in NYC back in April. I’m not sure if that means Icarus will only put the film out on DVD or if they’ll handle another run. It’s a beautifully shot doc that deserves to be seen on a big screen, so it’d be very nice if it’s the latter.
I saw the film almost exactly one year ago at the first DOC NYC festival and fell in love with it. I’m a sucker for docs that play like realist narratives, and this is one of those terrific dramas that just so happens to be true and documented first-hand. That anyone would avoid it because it’s a documentary is unfortunate. Here’s a snippet of my review, posted ahead of that early theatrical bow:
The documentary’s devotion to the verite aesthetic and principles means we’re also not made privy to the roles of every person on screen, including Greene himself, who appears anonymously at one point driving Kati around (I only know this now, because I’ve seen what he looks like). The truth is, the girl is the filmmaker’s half-sister, but another fact is that this isn’t important to the narrative at hand. Just as the comparable “October Country” was co-directed by the main subjects’ sibling and not directly acknowledged as such (you can surmise from the surname match there, at least), “Kati” is similarly not concerned with explaining inconsequential details. Its objective is to be objective, and given the subjectivity of the director’s interest in his protagonist, it does a remarkable job.
Watch a trailer for the film after the jump.