Official Selection: BAFICI 2017, DocPoint 2017, Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016
KEDI is not a documentary about housecats, or the stray cats that you sometimes encounter in your backyard. KEDI is a film about hundreds of thousands of cats who have wandered and prowled through the metropolis of Istanbul freely for thousands of years, crossing the lives of people indoors or out, in a unique way – animals living between the worlds of the wild and the tame. Cats and their kittens bring joy, and give human beings the opportunity to reflect on their place in life. In Istanbul, cats are mirrors of ourselves.
Following seven stray cats through the streets of Istanbul, Ceyda Torun puts her camera at the level of these “sacred” animals, considered true guardians of the city. The result is a luminous documentary about these adventurous, undeterred felines, and how they positively influence the lives of the city’s inhabitants. By joining Duman (The Gentleman), Aslan (The Hunter), Psikopat – who is definitely the craziest of all – and the others, a new facet of these animals is revealed, one that never ceases to amaze. Cats black, red, grey, white, angora and all others amble the city freely and without masters, but always leaving paw-prints on the lives of the people they meet. They are everywhere, from abandoned buildings to the most gourmet restaurants, always charming and reaping smiles and anecdotes. Ceyda Torun's curiosity about these independent cats makes us discover a new facet of Istanbul, in its narrow streets or old port, peaceful and adorned with shimmering colours.
Cat fanciers and the merely curious alike, come and meet the cats and kittens of the streets of Istanbul, and meow loudly with us (in proper Fantasia tradition!) in front of the outdoor screen in the Village.
- translated by Rupert Bottenberg