‘Kedi makes cat fans of even dog-lovers’
‘Enchanting and often comic tales about cats with great personalities and the people who observe them with a smile’
Kedi (‘cat’ in Turkish) paints a picture of the old city of Istanbul, as seen through the eyes of one of the most mysterious and beloved animals of all time: the cat.
Hundreds of thousands of cats roam the streets of Istanbul. They are owned by no one and everyone. Living between two worlds, neither wild nor tame, they walk in and out of the lives of those people they get along with. They have become an essential part of the diverse communities that make the city so colourful. The film follows seven of these cats closely and the city’s inhabitants talk about what the company of these animals means to them. Director Ceyda Torun grew up in Istanbul and because of the cats never felt lonely there.
Kedi is a wonderful feel-good film that is much more than a film about cats. Surreptitiously, with its fantastic shots of Istanbul as seen from a cat’s perspective, this is just as much a film about the city’s human inhabitants as it is about the cats.