Strutting ankle-high amid the many glittering wonders of Istanbul are countless feline wanderers. Considered the “keepers of the city,” these cats prowl the streets freely alongside their fellow pedestrians. In Kedi, we glimpse the private lives of these independent creatures, as well as the humans who’ve become attached to them – 96% on Rotten Tomatoes!
Even the gruffest fisherman melts while brushing his furry companion and describing their mutual devotion. But these are not pets in the way that we in the West think of them: The cats’ attachment is ultimately to the city itself. We marvel at the resourcefulness of these creatures via agile camerawork that tracks their movements along terraces and tiled rooftops, whether they’re sunbathing on a balcony or stopping by the local market for their daily morsel. Kedi reveals the surprisingly complex community that has developed between the citizens of Istanbul and the cats that share their neighborhood.
~~ RM, Full Frame Fest