STRAY explores what it means to live as a being without status or security, following three strays as they embark on inconspicuous journeys through Turkish society. Zeytin, fiercely independent, embarks on adventures through the city at night; Nazar, nurturing and protective, easily befriends the humans around her; while Kartal, a shy puppy living on the outskirts of a construction site, finds companions in the security guards who care for her. The strays’ disparate lives intersect when they each form intimate bonds with a group of young Syrians with whom they share the streets. Director Elizabeth Lo’s award-winning film is a critical observation of human civilization through the unfamiliar gaze of dogs and a sensory voyage into new ways of seeing.
Elizabeth Lo was born and raised in Hong Kong. She attended NYU Tisch School of the Arts and Stanford University. Today she is a director, cinematographer and editor whose work has been seen in films like Hotel 22, Treasure Island and Mother’s Day. Hotel 22 and Treasure Island have granted her several award nominations and wins. Lo’s has been featured in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film.
Stray has already worn the Top Jury Prize at Hot Docs. Also nominations for Independent Spirit Award, Critics Choice Awards and Cinema Eye Honors.
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I have connected with the filmmaker Elizabeth Lo to talk about Stray. She spoke about her protagonist canine Zeytin and what is of her now. In addition, to the challenge of filming the daily life of a stray subject and the camera work involved around it.
Magnolia Pictures will release STRAY in theaters and on demand today!
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