Henri the existential kitty voted star of the world”s best cat viral video, festival declares
Over 10,000 gathered for first ever viral cat video festival
Henri 2, Paw de Deux nabbed the Golden Kitty, the festival”s top prizeViral movie has amassed over 3.2 million views on YouTube

An existential cat who ponders the absurdity of his existence has charmed the hearts of cat lovers worldwide and been crowned the star of the best viral cat video.

The internet hit, Henri 2, Paw de Deux, was awarded the Golden Kitty, a People’s Choice-styled prize at the Internet Cat Film Festival hosted by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Thursday night.

Thousands of popular internet films starring felines were submitted for review but Henri scored the top honor.

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Cat philosophy: Henri the cat channels Jean-Paul Sartre in his existential musings


Deep thoughts: Henri ponders the mysteries of life

Over 10,000 cat lovers came out in full force to the Midwest event.

Some ported their very own kittys and others showed their adoration for the animal with t-shirts, cat themed paraphernalia and some festival goers even dressing up as the pets they love.

“While normally viewed alone on a computer screen … come gather together on the field and LOL in the presence of others as your favorite silly cat videos are projected larger-than-life one after the other,” the museum announced in the invitation to the event, where the best of the web were viewed on a large screen at the center”s Open Field.

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J”adore les chats: Over 10,000 fans gathered at the Open Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the first ever Internet Cat Video Film Festival

The film, by director Will Braden, lasts only 2 minutes and 6 seconds but delves into the depths ofthe silent star”s psyche.

Done in the style of the Academy Awarding winning film The Artist, Braden crafts Camus-like captions imagining the mysteries that his feline friend spends the day pondering.

Henri”s musings span from the sardonic to the absurd to the comical.

“I alone feel this torment,” one caption reads, as Henri stares solemnly at the audience.

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Hooray for Henri! Cat fans screened the best of the web and couldn”t hide their excitement for the feline stars

Gazing out the window at the picturesque, northwest scenery Henri declares, “I am free to go. Yet I remain.”

Another shot shows the cat apathetically laying around, glumly acknowledging, “I wake to the same tedium.”

Henri 2, Paw de Deux, which was uploaded in April, has already garnered over 3.2 million views on YouTube.


First world problems: The indulged feline struggles to find meaning in life


Not as it seems: Henri learns to live with disappointment


Hell is other people: Henri grows weary of his feeble-minded friends

“This is a great honor. I don”t thinkI”ve ever purred this loudly,” Braden, a filmmaker based in Seattle, Washington, said in response to receiving the honor at the festival.

Henri also stars in two other Freud-like films and even has his own Facebook page, where fans can interact with the apathetic animal.

“Humans should gather more often to appreciate their feline counterparts. We deserve it,” the Twitter account for Henri posted in reaction to the fest.

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Here kitty kitty: Three-year-old Molly Haen, right, and her mother Rachel attend the Walker Art Center”s first ever Internet Cat Video Film Festival on Thursday

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If you screen it, they will come: A larger than expected crowd gathered to screen the top internet flicks at the Walker Art Center”s first Internet Cat Video Film in Minneapolis